Ohio State and UNLV will play for the first time ever on Saturday, Sept. 23, in Columbus, Ohio.
The two programs are pretty far apart historically. While the No. 10 Buckeyes claim eight national championships and perennially contend for titles, the Rebels have an all-time record of 242–318–4 and have been to four bowl games in their history.
Below, find all game time, TV information and watch online information for the Ohio State-UNLV game.
Ohio State-UNLV game time, details
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23
Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Weather: Sunny with a high of 89 degrees. No chance of rain.
The line: Ohio State is a 40-point favorite.
Over/under: 64.5 points
What TV channel is showing Ohio State-UNLV?
The game will be televised nationally on BTN.
How can I watch Ohio State-UNLV online?
The game can be watched online via BTN2Go.
How can I listen to Ohio State-UNLV on the radio?
Paul Keels will have the call on 97.1 FM (WBNS) in Columbus. A full list of Ohio State football radio affiliates can be found here. For UNLV fans, a list of UNLV football radio affiliates can be found here.
Who is calling the game for BTN?
Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Matt Millen (color analyst), Lisa Byington (sidelines)
Ohio State-UNLV preview, keys to the game
1. How it starts
Given the talent disparity between these two programs, this game has the potential to be over in a hurry. Ohio State is favored by 40 points, which is probably the largest such margin it will see all year. Although the Buckeyes won comfortably against Indiana and Army, they didn’t pull away in the first half. Both of those teams had chances in the second half to make or keep it close well into the third quarter. A slow start by Ohio State that doesn’t get any better is pretty much UNLV’s only chance of hanging around in this one. The Rebels are unlikely to mount any sort of comeback, so the Buckeyes can put it away early if they come out firing from the start instead of working through some issues in the first half.
2. Turnover battle
Perhaps the surest way to keep a less talented team in a game is to give up points and field position via turnovers. If all things are equal in terms of possessions, the Buckeyes will find themselves a very comfortable winner on Saturday. But if Ohio State is either throwing away possessions or outright handing points to UNLV via turnovers, bad things come into play. On the other hand, the Buckeyes could make it a short afternoon for its starters if they’re dominating the turnover battle and completely outclassing the Rebels.
It will be interesting to see what the Buckeyes’ approach is if they do put away the Rebels relatively early. Against clock-killing Army, they didn’t have enough possessions to work on the deep ball. Nor did backup Dwayne Haskins get more than one drive to show what he could do, because by the time J.T. Barrett was done for the day the game was almost over. The Buckeyes will probably have more margin for error to work through some things against an overmatched opponent, so it will be interesting to see if they try more deep shots or get a backup quarterback out there earlier.