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Ohio State vs. Minnesota odds heading into game week

No. 4 Ohio State begins the post-Justin Fields era with a Big Ten tilt against Minnesota.

Quarterback Jack Miller III of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action during the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

The No. 4 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes open their 2021 season with a cross-divisional conference opponent, the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The game kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

No program in college football can boast a better one-two punch at wideout than Ohio State, which returns Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson from last year’s squad. The duo had nearly identical reception, yardage, and touchdown totals in 2020, combining for 93 catches, 1,452 receiving yards, and 13 scores in a shortened season. They will catch passes from a new quarterback, however, as freshman C.J. Stroud will take over for Justin Fields under center.

Minnesota has the exact opposite situation on offense. Star wideout Rashod Bateman departed for the NFL, leaving the receiving corps in the hands of Chris Autman-Bell and some less-experienced pass catchers. However, senior signal-caller Tanner Morgan returns to stabilize the passing game after a difficult 2020 campaign.

Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Ohio State -13
Total: 65
Moneyline: Ohio State -550, Minnesota +400

Line Movement

Opening Spread: Ohio State -14
Opening Total: 66.5

Key Injuries

Ohio State

Center Harry Miller is Out with an undisclosed injury/illness

CB Cameron Brown is Out with an undisclosed injury/illness

WR Kamryn Babb (knee) has not yet received clearance to return to the field

Safety Jaylen Johnson is Out for the season with a knee injury

DE Tyler Friday is Out for the season with a torn ACL

Safety Malik Hooker is Suspended indefinitely

Minnesota

WR Chris Autman-Bell (leg) is suited up and will play.

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