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Opening night finally arrives for Ohio State

It’s been 238 days since Ohio State won the first College Football Playoff National Championship.  Despite the celebrations, these have been some of the toughest nine months, as we impatiently waited for college football to return.

The wait is over.

Tonight, the Buckeyes take the field on the road against the only team to defeat them last season, Virginia Tech.  Come on back to NEOSportsInsiders.com after the game for a full report on the defending National Champions’ quest to repeat.

Some facts to know heading into tonight’s contest;

  • Ohio State is a 14.5-point favorite to win.  The Buckeyes went 10-5 against the spread last year, including wins in their final five games.
  • The temperature at kickoff will be 73 degrees, and it will dip to the high-60s by the end of the game.  There is no chance for precipitation.
  • In his 13 previous years as a head coach, Urban Meyer has only been defeated by the same team in back-to-back seasons twice before.  In 2006 and 2007, Auburn knocked off Meyer’s Florida team, as did Alabama in 2009 and 2010.
  • Meyer is 38-3 as head coach of the Buckeyes, including a 35-1 record during the regular season.  That one loss was last year’s Virginia Tech game.

Born and raised a Buckeye fan, Jeff Seemann has been covering sports in Ohio for 25 years. He attended The Ohio State University in 1987, where he went to more football games than classes. As a result, he is now (finally) finishing his degree at the University of Cincinnati. He claims to have been in attendance at Earle Bruce's final game (a win over That Team Up North), the Browns' double-OT win over the NY Jets, and the game known as "The Shot". He is only fond of recalling the memories of two of those games. Feel free to annoy him on Twitter at @JeffFromOhio

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