Headed toward the season opener Thursday night at Indiana, Ohio State’s Sam Hubbard doesn’t mind saying he thinks the Buckeyes, despite being ranked No. 2 behind Alabama in both major polls, are underrated.

The junior defensive end was asked Monday whether he thought Ohio State being held in such esteem by The Associated Press poll and coaches’ poll was legitimate. That’s considering that the last time the Buckeyes played, they lost 31-0 to Clemson in a College Football Playoff semifinal. But Hubbard thinks the 2017 team could be special.

“I think we should be No. 1, yeah,” Hubbard said. “But it’s like coach (Urban) Meyer says, if they’re keeping score, we want to be No. 1, and we’ve got to play like we’re No. 1. Definitely, we feel like we’re the No. 1, so we’ve got to play like it.”

He indicated there is an eagerness to prove it as they roll out of the preseason-camp toil of going against each other for a month.

“We’ve had a long camp and a long offseason,” Hubbard said. “We’re really excited to get back out there and go against somebody other than ourselves. We’ve had a tense camp. We’ve been getting after each other, and it’s time to get after somebody else. We’re really ready.”

Is Weber ready?

Top running back Mike Weber missed much of the action of preseason camp because of a strained hamstring; the 1,000-yard rusher from a year ago returned to full practice just last week. Will he be ready for Indiana?

“He's very close,” coach Urban Meyer said.

Meyer said an evaluation was to be made headed into Tuesday, with freshman J.K. Dobbins apparently in line to get the start if Weber can’t go.

Sheffield family safe

Cornerback Kendall Sheffield, a junior-college transfer, is from Missouri City, Texas, a town southwest of Houston in one of the areas hit hard by the torrential rains from Hurricane Harvey. But Meyer said he called Sheffield’s family, and he reported that “they are safe” for now from the flooding.

Dobbins is from La Grange, about 100 miles west of Houston. Although parts of that town are flooded from the Colorado River, Dobbins told a team spokesman that his family is safe.

J.T. Barrett is from Wichita Falls, which is just south of the Oklahoma line and well north of the storm. He said he has extended family in the Houston area but did not elaborate.