2017: a look at 15 Ohio State season openers in 15 days
Ohio State 49, Indiana 21
Aug. 31, 2017
In a rarity, Ohio State opened its season against a Big Ten opponent, Indiana. But as is common — the Buckeyes’ last loss in the series came in 1988 — they dominated the Hoosiers. J.T. Barrett passed for 304 yards and three touchdowns, and J.K. Dobbins rushed for 181 yards. Statistically, though, Indiana posted similarly big numbers on offense, with Richard Lagow passing for 410 yards and three touchdowns. The difference was turnovers: The Buckeyes committed none, the Hoosiser three. Jordan Fuller and Denzel Ward had interceptions, Jonathon Cooper recovered a fumble, and the rout was on. The season culminated with an upset win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, but two earlier losses kept the Buckeyes out of the playoff and headed to the Cotton Bowl, where they handily defeated Southern California.