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Ohio State at Minnesota 2021 season opener: How to watch, betting odds, preview

Ohio State will face Minnesota in its 2021 season opener on Thursday.

MINNEAPOLIS — Editor's note: the Locked On Buckeyes podcast in the video player above is from Sept. 1, 2021.

The Ohio State football team will open its 2021 season on Thursday when it faces Minnesota.

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What follows is everything you need to know about the Buckeyes' 2021 season opener:

Game info, how to watch on TV, betting line:

Date: Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Location: Huntington Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota

TV channel: ESPN

Live Stream:  Watch ESPN

Radio: ESPN WKNR 850, Ohio State Radio Network

Betting line: Ohio State -14

Over-under point total: 62.5

Game preview

Coming off of four consecutive Big Ten championships and two straight appearances in the College Football Playoff, the Buckeyes enter Year 3 of the Ryan Day era with national championship aspirations. But with two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Justin Fields off to the NFL, Ohio State will be breaking in a new quarterback with redshirt freshman C.J. Stroud having been named the Buckeyes' starting signal-caller ahead of Thursday night's opener.

A former four-star prospect and the No. 2 ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class, Stroud will have plenty to work with this season as Ohio State returns a pair of potential first-round picks in wide receiver Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. On defense, the Buckeyes also possess no shortage of talent with defensive end Zach Harrison and defensive tackle Garrett Haskell leading the way.

As for Minnesota, the Golden Gophers are coming off a 2020 campaign in which they amassed a 3-4 record and return 10 starters on both sides of the ball.

Locked On Buckeyes

On the latest edition of the Locked On Buckeyes podcast, host Jay Stephens discusses what Ohio State needs to do to beat Minnesota.

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