Nicely, people that superb time of the yr is lastly right here. Saturday night time, whereas a lot of the world was targeted on the boxing ring at T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas, the school soccer season kicked off with a slate of 4 video games. Nevertheless, regardless of that slate that includes a pair of Prime 25 groups, that was actually simply the appetizer to the mouth-watering entree that’s Week 1 of the season that begins this Thursday night time.
As with all week of the season, there are specific video games that may tackle higher significance than others and, because you solely have a finite variety of hours, you possibly can’t watch every recreation. So, each week all through the common season, we’ll spotlight 5 video games which are should-watch in the course of the course of the weekend. For Week 1, the video games is probably not as essential to the playoff race, as we’ve seen groups come again from early losses to make it earlier than, however there’s nonetheless loads of intriguing match-ups. Strap in, seize your favourite chilly beverage from the fridge and tune in to those video games from the opening weekend slate.
#2 Ohio State @ Indiana- Thursday eight p.m. ET, ESPN
City Meyer’s Buckeyes are nonetheless smarting from the 31-zero drubbing suffered by the hands of eventual nationwide champion Clemson within the semifinals of final yr’s playoffs. However, they enter this yr with some of the skilled groups Meyer has had in his tenure at Columbus, together with the return of third-yr beginning QB J.T. Barrett. This recreation has the added enjoyable story line of Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator being Indiana’s former head coach, Kevin Wilson.
Wilson was let go by the Hoosiers earlier this yr not because of on-area efficiency, however as an alternative as a consequence of allegations of participant mistreatment. Wilson is called one of many higher offensive minds within the recreation and he now joins an Ohio State workforce that noticed Barrett regress considerably the previous two years after a sensational freshman marketing campaign in 2014. The Hoosiers are a veteran-laden staff in their very own proper led by QB Richard Lagow who enters his second yr because the starter. Indiana’s offense averaged simply 25.eight PPG final yr, however they do return six starters together with prime receiver Nick Westbrook. Nevertheless, the Buckeyes may need the most effective and deepest defensive position within the nation, so the offensive line that returns simply two starters might be examined.
General, that is the primary time School Gameday will probably be in Bloomington and this must be a pleasant kick-off to the weekend slate with a…