It’s back. It’s finally back. The Ohio State Buckeyes open the 2016 season ranked sixth nationally in the AP Poll, and will face off against the Bowling Green Falcons, who are coming off their second MAC Championship in three years.
For Ohio State, despite the loss of a dozen players to the NFL, expectations are high entering week one, owing to outstanding recruiting by Urban Meyer, who has led the conference in recruiting class rankings since he arrived in Columbus. Plus, it’s hard not to have high expectations with Meyer at the helm.
In four years as head coach, Meyer has amassed a 50-4 record, and has an 85 percent career win percentage which all started with two seasons at Bowling Green, where Meyer went 17-6 overall. Bowling Green is coming off a 10-4 season, but will be directed by a new head coach in Mike Jinks, who is replacing Dino Babers following the latter’s departure for Syracuse.
The big question for the Buckeyes heading into the season revolves around experience--or lack thereof. Of 85 scholarship players, 44 have never even been able to play in a Division I game, owing to the fact that they are either true or redshirt freshmen or transfers. While Bowling Green is no slouch, today’s noon kickoff should be a good opportunity for the young Buckeyes to gain valuable experience on the field.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 3, 12 p.m.
Location: Ohio Stadium
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
As Lee Corso enters his 20th (!) season making headgear picks with College Gameday, the crew will open the season with a Big Ten-SEC matchup as they head to Lambeau Field to watch No. 5 LSU take on Wisconsin at 3:30. With two top-10 recruiting classes in the last two years, expectations are high for Les Miles and the Tigers, who are expected to contend with Alabama for the SEC West crown. Wisconsin, meanwhile, is coming off a 10-3 season in 2015, including a win over USC in the Holiday Bowl, but faces questions as they break in a new starting quarterback.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten slate look like?
With wins already by Indiana, Minnesota and Michigan State, the remaining 11 Big Ten teams are in action today, headlined by the LSU-Wisconsin matchup. No. 7 Michigan will face Hawaii at noon, and No. 17 Iowa has Miami (OH) following. Rutgers is taking on a ranked team, facing No. 14 Washington on the road at 2:00. Fresno State will also head to Lincoln to face Nebraska in the conference’s only week one night game at 8:00.
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