Ohio State and Indiana will kick off the 2017 season Thursday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Buckeyes came away with a 38-17 win in Columbus a year ago, but they’ve had less success in Bloomington in recent years. Indiana had first-and-goal in the final minute of a 34-27 loss to the Buckeyes in 2015, and the Hoosiers narrowly fell by a 52-49 margin in 2012.
Below, find all game time, TV information and watch online information for the Ohio State-Indiana game.
Ohio State at Indiana game time, details
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Date: Thursday, Aug. 31
Location: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
Weather: Clear skies with 10 mph wind. It’s expected to be 74 degrees at kickoff.
The line: Ohio State is a 21-point favorite.
Over/under: 57 points
What TV channel is showing Ohio State-Indiana?
The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. It’s getting the megacast treatment, though, so there will be six others ways to watch it in addition to the main broadcast. Those alternate options are as follows:
- ESPN News: Coaches Film Room with former coaches Les Miles, Mack Brown, Mark Helfrich and Gene Chizik, joined by hosts Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill. Miles will make his ESPN debut in the broadcast.
- ESPN U: An Indiana-focused homers’ broadcast with Dan Dakich and Joe Tessitore.
- ESPN3: All-22 broadcast with the camera positioned above the end zone.
- ESPN3: A Skycam view.
- ESPN3: A Data Center broadcast with on-screen graphics, social media, drive charts and more statistics.
- ESPN Goal Line: A Command Center broadcast with a split-screen of multiple camera views.
How can I watch Ohio State-Indiana online?
The game can be watched online via WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Ohio State-Indiana on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius/XM channel 84. Paul Keels will have the call on 97.1 FM (WBNS) in Columbus, the Ohio State radio network. A full list of Ohio State radio affiliates can be found here. For Indiana fans, the full list of Indiana radio affiliates can be found here.
Who is calling the game for ESPN?
Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color analyst), Laura Rutledge (sidelines)
Ohio State at Indiana, 3 keys to the game
1. The Ohio State offense’s comfort level
This is Ohio State’s first game since the Fiesta Bowl shutout against Clemson, and you can bet the Buckeyes are itching to put on a show. However, Indiana has a stout defense that could give the Buckeyes some problems, especially since it’s the opener. If Ohio State gets in a rhythm with the tempo offense, though, it should win handily.
2. The replacements
Ohio State had to replace some really good players, including three first-round draft picks. This will be the first chance for their replacements to show what they can do, and it comes on the road in a conference game. Mistakes could keep the Hoosiers in the game. If things go well with the young players, though, it would be a great sign for the Buckeyes’ championship hopes.
3. The stadium atmosphere
The Buckeyes have not typically faced any sort of hostile crowd in Bloomington over the years. Some years, the stands have been overrun with Ohio State fans. But it will be a sold-out crowd at Memorial Stadium, and it’s going to be an energetic atmosphere at the start. Here’s what Indiana coach Tom Allen said at Big Ten Media Days in July.
“It’s the biggest home opener (in Indiana history) because we’ve not played a more highly ranked conference opponent to start a season before, and that creates a lot of excitement,” he said.
The crowd will be rocking at the start. If the Hoosiers can keep the game competitive, that could cause some problems for the Buckeyes.