Ohio State home opener against its most daunting nonconference opponent is set to kick off under the lights.
The Buckeyes host the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 9 at Ohio Stadium, a game that is scheduled for an 7:30 p.m. start time, the schools announced Thursday. The game is set for broadcast on ABC.
Ohio State rode into Norman last season and left with a 45-24 victory against Baker Mayfield, Bob Stoops and Co. on the back of four touchdown passes from J.T. Barrett to Noah Brown. That game was also set for an 8 p.m. start on FOX, though kickoff was delayed for about an hour due to weather.
The news means Ohio State is slated to open its 2017 schedule with back-to-back night games. The Buckeyes visit Indiana for a Thursday night opener on Aug. 31. Kickoff between them and the Hoosiers is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The game is set to be the fourth all-time meeting between the two storied programs and complete a home-and-home series that began last season. Ohio State is 2-1 against the Sooners, with the lone loss coming in 1977 when Barry Switzer's Sooners topped Woody Hayes's Buckeyes 29-28.
You can view the full slate and broadcast schedule ESPN released on Thursday here.