It looks like the Buckeyes will kickoff the 2021 season will begin on a Thursday night.
Ohio State has long been slated to open the 2021 season on the road against Minnesota. That will still be the case, but it appears the game has been moved up two days from Saturday, Sept. 4 to Thursday, Sept. 2.
The scheduling switch follows convention for the Gophers, as Minnesota has started every season since 2013 on a Thursday night, but it will be Ohio State's second Thursday night game since 2010, with the other coming in 2017 against Indiana. The Buckeyes have also played non-Saturday games against Northwestern on Friday this season, and against Virginia Tech on Monday to start the 2015 season.
Minnesota made the change to its official calendar on Monday afternoon with no formal announcement, but Ohio State confirmed the date change on Tuesday.
This will be Ohio State's first trip to Minnesota since 2014, when the eventual national champion Buckeyes beat the Gophers 31-24 behind 200 yards and three touchdowns passing and 189 yards and a touchdown on the ground from quarterback J.T. Barrett.