The Indiana Hoosiers will host the No. 2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes tonight for their opening week matchup at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. The game begins at 8 p.m. EST with multi-channel ESPN coverage and a visit from ESPN’s college football show “College GameDay.”
Fans can watch the game on TV by tuning into ESPN, where Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color) and Laura Rutledge (sidelines) will call the game. The game is getting additional attention on other channels, which will air separate broadcasts. On the ESPN News channel, former coaches Les Miles, Mack Brown, Mark Helfrich and Gene Chizik join hosts Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill for a broadcast of the game.
Those seeking an Indiana-focused broadcast can tune to ESPN U. Those seeking coverage from cameras positioned above the end zone or a Skycam view can tune into ESPN3, which also will feature more on-screen graphics and social media elements. ESPN Goal Line will feature a split-screen broadcast showing multiple camera views.
Fans who wish to watch online can do so via WatchESPN.
Fans will keep an eye on Buckeyes quarterback J. T. Barrett, who has 100 total career touchdowns, which is just six shy of the Big Ten record Drew Brees had set while on Purdue. Barrett also is at 8,846 career yards of total offense, just four shy of breaking the Buckeyes’ school record previously set by Art Schlichter.
This will be the first time “College GameDay” visits Memorial Stadium, to the delight of some fans who in 2015 began a movement called #iufb4gameday. Their goal was to be able to host the popular college football show, which has been around since the mid-1990s, for an Indiana game. The show normally airs once per week, but this week it will broadcast from Bloomington and also from the Alabama-Florida State game on Saturday. ESPN became aware of the movement and tweeted about it soon after it started.
We see you. #iufb4gameday
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 22, 2015
Memorial Stadium will be at capacity for the game, with all 52,929 seats filled. “With ESPN Football ‘College GameDay’ in town for the first time ever, a capacity crowd, and a highly ranked conference opponent and divisional rival, it promises to be an electric atmosphere at Memorial Stadium on Thursday night,” said IU VP and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass.
It's official! We're sold out.
— Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball) August 30, 2017
Tonight’s game will be a homecoming of sorts for former IU head coach Kevin Wilson who was let go in December. Wilson is now the offensive coordinator for Ohio State.