Ohio State's 2017 Season Opener at Indiana Moved to Thursday, Aug. 31

By Eric Seger on December 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm
Ohio State's 2017 season opener at Indiana has been moved to Aug. 31.
via Ohio State Athletics

For all the talk about Big Ten teams potentially playing football on Friday nights, Ohio State and Indiana took it a step earlier into the work week on Tuesday.

OSU Season Openers Against B1G Teams
1924 PURDUE W, 7-0
1934 INDIANA W, 33-0
1938 INDIANA W, 6-0
1952 INDIANA W, 33-13
1953 INDIANA W, 36-12
1954 INDIANA W, 28-0
1971 IOWA W, 52-21
1972 IOWA W, 21-0
1973 MINNESOTA W, 56-7
1974 @ MINNESOTA W, 34-19
1975 @ MICHIGAN STATE W, 21-0
1976 MICHIGAN STATE W, 49-21

The Buckeyes and Hoosiers are set to meet on Thursday, Aug. 31 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, the schools announced. It was originally scheduled for Sept. 2. Kickoff time and television network remains unknown.

Ohio State hosts Oklahoma on Sept. 9, 2017.

The last time Ohio State opened a season on Thursday was in 2010 against Marshall, though that 45-7 victory was vacated by the NCAA due to sanctions. The previous time came in 1997 when the Buckeyes beat Wyoming 24-10 as part of the first-ever BCA Classic.

It is set to be the seventh time ever Ohio State kicked off its season on a day other than Saturday. The most recent came in the 2015 season, when the Buckeyes won at Virginia Tech 42-24 on Labor Day night.

The matchup with the Hoosiers is also set to be the first time in 41 years Ohio State opens against a Big Ten opponent. The Buckeyes beat Michigan State 49-21 in 1976 and have never lost an opener when facing a conference foe, including a 5-0 mark against Indiana.

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