The Ohio State Buckeyes are the defending national champions. They have been rotating quarterbacks all year and are ranked No. 1 in the country. However, the college football playoff committee has the Buckeyes at No. 3 going into this week. Ohio State will look to improve on that ranking at home Saturday night as they face the Minnesota Golden Gophers, who are 4-4 for the season. It will be Cardale Jones under center for the Buckeyes with J.T. Barrett suspended for the game.
Ohio State had last week off after beating Rutgers 49-7 on October 24. Jones has been solid at quarterback with 1,266 passing yards to go with seven touchdowns and five interceptions but coach Urban Meyer would probably prefer having Barrett in there, who threw for 223 yards and rushed for 101 more in the Rutgers win. Michael Thomas has been one of the best receivers on the Ohio State roster with 35 catches for 536 yards and six touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliott looks like a player ready for the pro game with 1,130 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns for the year.
The Golden Gophers lost a tough one last week 29-26 at home against Michigan where Minnesota failed on a quarterback sneak by Mitch Leidner as time ran out. Leidner has thrown for 1,627 yards this season along with eight touchdowns and six interceptions. KJ Maye is Leidner’s favorite receiver with 39 catches for 408 yards and three touchdowns. Rodney Smith has been the one to turn to in the running game with 541 yards and a touchdown. It will be a tough climb for the Gophers if they want to make a bowl game needing two wins in their final four games.
What time is the Ohio State vs. Minnesota game?
The Ohio State vs. Minnesota game will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central.
What date and channel will the Ohio State vs. Minnesota game be on?
The Ohio State vs. Minnesota game will be played on Saturday, November 7 and can be seen on ABC.