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OSU: Why open on Thursday?

By Marla Published: September 2, 2010

With Ohio State's opener against Marshall just hours away, some fans and former players wondered why the program would play on a Thursday night.

That was Browns receiver Brian Robiskie's reaction when learning of the Buckeyes' debut, his reponse along the lines of ''We don't play on Thursdays.''

Robiskie knows his history. It will mark OSU's first non-Saturday opener since Thursday, Aug. 28, 1997, a 24-10 victory over Wyoming. That season followed a Rose Bowl victory under coach John Cooper.

OSU is 6-3 in night games at home since 1959 and 2-3 under coach Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes are 33-16 in night games all-time.

Most schools who play on Thursday want to take advantage of the national exposure of an ESPN telecast. But the OSU-Marshall game is being shown only on the Big Ten Network, which makes the scheduling all the more perplexing.

On Monday evening as the debate raged over the upcoming decision on the Big Ten's divisions and future scheduling of the OSU-Michigan game, callers to WBNS-AM 1460 in Columbus were more critical of a Thursday night game than the possibility that OSU-Michigan would be moved from its slot as the regular season finale.



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