Ohio State and Indiana open their seasons at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, with a Big Ten clash in Bloomington, Ind.
ESPN’s College GameDay is in town, and the game is sold out with the No. 2 Buckeyes coming to town. Stay here all night for live updates, scores and analysis as Ohio State takes on Indiana.
Ohio State-Indiana live updates, score
Here’s a look at how everything has unfolded so far.
Ohio State 49, Indiana 21 (Final): That’ll do it from Bloomington. There are causes for celebration and concern for Ohio State, but the Buckeyes took care of business in the second half and won going away. There are so many weapons on the roster.
Ohio State 49, Indiana 21 (Q4, 3:55): Indiana has waved the white flag. Antonio Williams rumbles in on fourth-and-goal for a score that puts the Buckeyes up by 28.
Ohio State 42, Indiana 21 (Q4, 10:11): The first interception of Denzel Ward’s career has arrived. The defensive back perfectly defended a Lagow pass, turned into the ball and fought off the wide receiver to keep possession. The Buckeyes will have a chance to pour it on here.
Ohio State 42, Indiana 21 (Q4, 12:08): The rout is on. Jashon Cornell turns over Indiana with a strip sack and J.T. Barrett finds Binjimen Victor in the end zone to make it a three-score game.
Ohio State 35, Indiana 21 (Q4, 15:00): Keep the faith, Indiana fans! Where are y’all going?
We have some deserters pic.twitter.com/Z7b39Wr1vx
— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) September 1, 2017
Ohio State 35, Indiana 21 (Q3, 1:47): Sometimes my feelings are right! Johnnie Dixon goes 59 yards for a touchdown and J.T. Barrett walks in a 2-point conversion to make it a 14-point lead. That’ll probably do it.
Ohio State 27, Indiana 21 (Q3, 2:25): Sure feels like the tide has turned here after an Indiana three-and-out, but we’ll see what the Buckeyes can do on offense here.
Ohio State 27, Indiana 21 (Q3, 4:38): Oh hey, Parris Campbell. The junior continues to atone for his unsightly drop, this time going 74 yards for a touchdown on the first play of Ohio State’s drive.
Indiana 21, Ohio State 20 (Q3, 4:56): Indiana takes advantage of its good fortune and converts a third down after the replay and then marches down the field for a score. The Hoosiers have regained the lead, so Ohio State still has work to do after briefly looking like a comfortable leader.
Ohio State 20, Indiana 14 (Q3, 6:17): Robert Landers juuuuuuuuust missed an amazing touchdown. The big man rumbled into the end zone on a fumble recovery but it was ruled a forward pass from Richard Lagow.
it'll always be a fat guy TD to me pic.twitter.com/LMQfYfcVS5
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 1, 2017
Ohio State 20, Indiana 14 (Q3, 6:57): The Buckeyes finally retake the lead on a touchdown from quarterback J.T. Barrett. That was a drive that was sorely needed, even if it still contained a few hiccups.
Indiana 14, Ohio State 13 (Q3, 12:51): You won’t see many more brutal drops than the one by a wide-open Parris Campbell in the end zone, which was then followed by a failed fourth-down conversion. A horrible sequence for the Buckeyes.
Indiana 14, Ohio State 13 (Halftime): Well, that sure was something. Just a wild first half for a lot of different reasons. Both teams have reasons to feel good. Indiana, obviously, is leading Ohio State. But the Buckeyes don’t seem to have played anywhere near their best and only trail by 1 with 30 minutes left to put this thing away.
Indiana 14, Ohio State 13 (Q2, 0:26): The good news for Ohio State fans: If Richard Lagow holds the ball longer than 2 or 3 seconds it almost always ends with him taking a hit from the Buckeyes defensive line. Nick Bosa and Tyquan Lewis are wreaking havoc, and freshman Chase Young is getting in the mix, too.
Indiana 14, Ohio State 13 (Q2, 5:17): How’s that for an answer? Buoyed by the running of J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State marches down the field and scores on a touchdown from…. Antonio Williams. If you had the third-string running back scoring 2017’s first touchdown, I hope you put money on it.
Indiana 14, Ohio State 6 (Q2, 8:12): Ari Wasserman of The Athletic is sitting next to me in the press box, and I’ll let him sum up the play of Indiana receiver Simmie Cobbs, who has been unguardable.
Didn't know Dez Bryant was on Indiana.
— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) September 1, 2017
Indiana 7, Ohio State 6 (Q2, 10:15): Another disappointment for the Buckeyes as a promising drive ends 2 yards short of the goal line. I personally thought they should have gone for it. The No. 2 team in the country should be better than having to play conservatively against Indiana. But the Buckeyes kicked a 19-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 1 point.
Indiana 7, Ohio State 3 (Q2, 11:30): A game-changing interception from Jordan Fuller ends an Indiana scoring threat. It came on a tip from Kendall Sheffield. The secondary is starting to find its form.
Indiana 7, Ohio State 3 (Q1, 0:00): Well that could have gone better for the Buckeyes. Two three-and-outs along with general offensive inefficiency, and they trail 7-3 after one quarter. There’s plenty of blame to go around but it hasn’t been a great day for the wide receivers so far.
Indiana 7, Ohio State 3 (Q1, 2:24): Buckeyes and Hoosiers have traded a couple of punts after each started with a score. The Ohio State defensive line has really started to unload, but the Buckeyes offense can’t string enough plays together to keep the Silver Bullets off the field.
Indiana 7, Ohio State 3 (Q1, 7:50): Clinical opening drive from Richard Lagow and Indiana, who torched the Buckeyes’ defensive backs. It turns out losing three first-round picks in the defensive secondary might have actually mattered.
Ohio State 0, Indiana 0 (Q1, 10:38): Oh look, it’s another program record for J.T. Barrett, who has started the game 4 for 4 for 55 yards through the air.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 1, 2017
Ohio State 0, Indiana 0 (Q1, 14:52): Indiana wins the toss and defers its choice. We’re underway at Memorial Stadium, and it’s J.K. Dobbins who gets the start at running back.
6:58 p.m.: There are whispers that he might be withheld because of a hamstring injury, but Ohio State running back Mike Weber is taking part in warmups.
6:45 p.m.: Ohio State released its 70-player travel roster, and 13 true freshmen are making the trip. The list includes Jeffrey Okudah, J.K. Dobbins, Chase Young, Baron Browning, Amir Riep, Isaiah Pryor, Tate Martell, Pete Werner, Shaun Wade, Brendon White, Thayer Munford, Haskell Garrett and Blake Haubeil.
That means 5-star offensive guard Wyatt Davis and 4-star wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Jaylen Harris did not make the trip.
5:56 p.m.: Watch our video of the Buckeyes arriving at Memorial Stadium and entering the visitors locker room.
Ohio State-Indiana game time, information
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.
Ohio State at Indiana preview, keys to the game
1. The OSU offense’s comfort level
This is the Buckeyes’ first game since the Fiesta Bowl shutout against Clemson, and you can bet they 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