Here are things you'll want to know about the Ohio State vs. UNLV game:
1. Kickoff is at noon on Saturday in Ohio Stadium (capacity 104,944) ... which is 9 a.m. Pacific Time for the fans back in Las Vegas.
2. The weather is expected to be mostly sunny and hot, with gametime temperature in the 80s.
3. For the second week in a row, the Buckeyes will play an opponent they never have faced in their history as the UNLV Rebels come to town following Army. The Rebels were a late addition to Ohio State’s schedule when North Carolina backed out of a home-and-home contract.
4. Oddsmakers have the Buckeyes as a 40-point favorite in this game.
5. The game is being televised by BTN, whose crew will be Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analysis) and Lisa Byington (sideline).
6. You also can hear the game on local radio at 97.1 The Fan with announcers Paul Keels (play-by-play), Jim Lachey (analysis) and Matt Andrews (sideline).
7. The Buckeyes have two players on the roster who come from Las Vegas, and they played for current UNLV coach Tony Sanchez. Confusing? Before moving to UNLV in 2015, Sanchez coached at Bishop Gorman High School, which he built into a powerhouse. OSU quarterback Tate Martell and defensive tackle Haskell Garrett were teammates at Bishop Gorman when they went undefeated in 2014 under Sanchez.
8. Athletic director Gene Smith has his own UNLV connection: His wife, Sheila Strike, served as UNLV’s head women’s basketball coach from 1980 to 1988, before they married. (She also had been the starting center for Canada’s team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.)
9. Expect to hear a lot about ... UNLV running back Lexington Thomas, who has 341 yards rushing in the team's first two games ... quarterback Armani Rogers, who is 21-of-35 passing for 413 yards and two touchdowns ... and senior Devonte Boyd, one of the top receivers in the Rebel record books.
10. Quarterback J.T. Barrett will continue his march toward the Ohio State record for career passing yards. He has 7,138 yards so far, 94 behind Bobby Hoying (No. 2 at 7,232) and 409 behind record-holder Art Schlichter (at 7,547).