Ohio State’s Season Opener Against Akron Set for 3:30 Kickoff, Second Game vs. Western Michigan Will Be Night Game

By Andy Anders on May 30, 2024 at 2:30 pm
TreVeyon Henderson vs. Akron in 2021

The kickoff times and TV networks are set for Ohio State’s first two games of the 2024 football season.

The Buckeyes’ season opener against Akron will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. Their second game of the season will be a night game as their Week 2 matchup with Western Michigan will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network on Sept. 7.

The Big Ten also announced Thursday that Ohio State’s home against Nebraska on Oct. 26 will kick off at either noon, 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. The Buckeyes’ game at Wrigley Field against Northwestern on Nov. 16 will both kick off at either noon or 3:30. TV networks for those contests are to be determined.

Ohio State’s season finale against Michigan was set for a noon kickoff on FOX earlier this month. The rest of Ohio State’s games for the 2024 season will be subject to the in-season selection process.

Ohio State’s all-time record against Akron is 8-1 with the lone loss coming 130 years ago in 1894. Since then, the Buckeyes are 5-0 against the Zips, most recently drubbing Akron 59-7 in 2021. OSU hasn't lost to another team from Ohio since 1921 when it fell to Oberlin.

The Buckeyes won their only previous meeting with Western Michigan, 38-12, under the guidance of Urban Meyer in 2015. 

Tickets for the Akron and Western Michigan matchups are available as part of a five-game flex pass for $289 that also includes tickets for Ohio State’s home games against Marshall, Purdue and Indiana in the Shoe. Single-game tickets for Ohio State’s eight home games will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. June 21.

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