The first full week of the 2021 college football season is officially underway, and while games were played last weekend in Week 0 and there was a game Wednesday, the first showdown involving a team in the AP Top 25 takes place Thursday. No. 4 Ohio State travels to face Minnesota in the second Big Ten conference game of the season as the Buckeyes eye a return to the College Football Playoff and chance at a national championship. That trek will not come without some obstacles, including breaking in a new starter at football’s most important position.
With Justin Fields no longer under center, Ohio State will be relying on its bevy of talented pass catchers to supplement first-year starter C.J. Stroud. Minnesota under coach P.J. Fleck is looking to find its footing after a disappointing 2020 campaign that saw the team play just seven games, finishing 3-4 without a