It’s been a long offseason, but we’re back, and welcome to the 130th season of Ohio State football! And it’ll be an intriguing matchup to start the season for Ohio State as the Buckeyes face Lane Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic Owls.
The Buckeyes of today look quite a bit different than the team we last saw on the field in January. From a new head coach to a new quarterback to a new (sort of) leader on defense, Ohio State is primed to enter a new era with Ryan Day at the helm. However, the Buckeyes will still have some familiar faces in key positions -- like running back J.K. Dobbins, who enters his junior season as the sole back after splitting time with Mike Weber last year. And even without Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon at receiver, Ohio State returns K.J. Hill, Chris Olave and Binjimen Victor to fill the void.
Kiffin is entering his third season as head coach at Florida Atlantic, posting a 5-7 record last season after an 11-3 mark in 2017. The Owls return Chris Robinson, last year’s starting quarterback, who earned Conference USA Co-Freshman of the Year honors in 2018.
The Buckeyes are 27.5-point favorites over the Owls in the pair’s first-ever matchup. While there will certainly be some growing pains as new players and new units work to gel with a new head coach, expect Ohio State to find their groove and come out of Saturday with a solid win to start 2019.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 31, 12 p.m. ET
Location: Columbus, OH
Online: FOX Sports GO
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
With one week under its belt, College GameDay is headed to Fort Worth ahead of the matchup between No. 11 Oregon and No. 16 Auburn. The crew will be posted up at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, about 29 minutes from Cowboys Stadium where the Ducks and Tigers are scheduled to face off at 7:30 p.m. EST. Legendary Auburn running back and Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson is the guest picker for ESPN’s premier pregame show.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
With Minnesota defeating San Diego State Thursday night, and four Friday night matchups featuring No. 18 Michigan State, No. 19 Wisconsin, Rutgers and Purdue, there are just nine Big Ten games left to be played this opening weekend. Alongside Ohio State at noon, No. 24 Nebraska faces South Alabama on ESPN, Maryland gets Howard on BTN, Illinois battles Akron on BTN as well and Indiana faces Ball State on CBSSN. In the 3:30 p.m. time slot, No. 15 Penn State faces Idaho on BTN, while, at 4 p.m. Northwestern travels to take on No. 25 Stanford on FOX. No. 7 Michigan has a late matchup with Middle Tennessee, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on BTN, with No. 20 Iowa rounding out the bunch as the Hawkeyes face Miami (OH) on FS1.
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