Ohio State 2017 Season Opener at Indiana Set for 8 p.m. Kickoff on ESPN

By Eric Seger on May 25, 2017 at 1:35 pm
Ohio State's 2017 season opener at Indiana will kick off at 8 p.m. on Aug. 31.

The photo above shows the last time Ohio State played under the lights in Bloomington, Indiana.

A score-fest in 2012 ended with Urban Meyer's team coming out on top 52-49 against Kevin Wilson's team of chaos, the Indiana Hoosiers. This fall, the two men will coach on the same side but will lead their team at Memorial Stadium under the lights.

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 2017 season opener between the Buckeyes and Hoosiers is officially set for an 8 p.m. kickoff on ESPN, the network and schools announced Thursday. In December, the game was moved to Thursday, Aug. 31, so smart money had it being a night game. Now we know the exact kickoff time and television network.

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 stemming from Tattoo-gate. The most recent Thursday night affair 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. Most recently, the Buckeyes won at Virginia Tech 42-24 on Labor Day night to kick off the 2015 season.

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.

You can view ESPN's full slate of games it released Thursday here.

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