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ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ will open the season with Ohio State at Indiana

The Buckeyes will start the year on a big stage.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Ohio State Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Not only is football just a few short weeks away, but the Ohio State season opener has been taken to the next level. As if playing the season opener against Big Ten competition (Indiana) and on the road weren’t enough, it’s been announced that ESPN’s flagship show, College GameDay, will be on location in Bloomington for the first football game of the 2017 college season.

ESPN’s pregame show will open the year with a special Thursday night broadcast for one of the most anticipated college openers in recent years. One of the hosts, Rece Davis reportedly leaked the news that having the first show in 2017 in Indiana was in the works on “The Bob Valvano Show” on ESPN 680 in Louisville, according to Crimson Quarry.

This won’t be the first (or last) time that the Buckeyes get some airtime ahead of a big game, but this is the first time in many years that they’ve opened their schedule with a conference opponent.