Head coach: Ryan Day (3rd year)
Record: 1-0 (1-0 Big Ten)
Spring Game – April 17
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
Brutus 28, Buckeye 13
Redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud (No. 7) shined the battle to replace first-round pick Justin Fields under center, throwing for 185 yards and two touchdowns to lead Team Brutus past Team Buckeye in the annual spring game. Early enrollee wide receiver Emeka Egbuka (No. 12) and defensive end Jack Sawyer (No. 33) also had stellar debuts, as Egbuka caught seven passes for 123 yards while Sawyer recorded four sacks.
at Minnesota – Sept. 2
Huntington Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, MN
#4 Buckeyes 45, Golden Gophers 31
Stroud threw four touchdown passes in his first career start to lead Ohio State to a victory in the Thursday night opener at Minnesota. Offensive lineman Thayer Munford (No. 75), meanwhile, became the first Block “O” recipient to wear a patch on his jersey to signify the honor, as NCAA rules prevent offensive lineman from wearing anything other than No. 50-79.