Countdown to kickoff: 2023 Ohio State football season preview

Gear up for the 2023 Ohio State football season with our guide to the schedule, players, and tailgating information at The Shoe.


The first home game is Saturday, Sept. 9 at 12 p.m. | Photo by CBUStoday

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Ohio State football kicks off their season on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 3:30 p.m. with a road trip to Indiana. Before the season begins, we have a season preview for fans who go nuts for the Bucks.

The starting QB

Head coach Ryan Day announced yesterday that junior Kyle McCord will be the starting quarterback against the Hoosiers. However, he continues to share the staff’s confidence in both McCord and sophomore Devin Brown for the quarterback role. This means fans can expect to see both quarterbacks suit up on Saturday, according to Day.

The schedule

Although a handful of kickoff times and networks are still TBD, here are some schedule lock-ins you can count on:

  • Saturday, Sept. 30 is a bye week for the Buckeyes — take a break from cheering on the scarlet and gray for the day.
  • Saturday, Nov. 11 vs. Michigan State is the only scheduled evening kickoff at home at 7:30 p.m. The Bucks will wear all gray uniforms, if you want to match.

Which player are you looking forward to watching this year? | Photo by CBUStoday

Keys to success

The Buckeyes received a No. 4 ranking in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll, due in large part to returning talent like:

  • Wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., who was a unanimous first team All-American selection after the 2022 season. Ahead of this season, Harrison Jr. was only one of 10 players to earn a spot on the Big Ten 2023 football preseason honors list.
  • Tommy Eichenberg, Emeka Egbuka, Donovan Jackson, and JT Tuimoloau, who were all named AP Preseason All Americans alongside Marvin Harrison Jr.

Lace up for The Shoe

Full season and single game tickets are still available. Do you prefer to tailgate instead of heading into the game? Find maps, parking information, and tailgating schedules for Ohio Stadium here. Let’s go Bucks.

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