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Ohio State Spring Game: Time, TV Coverage, and a First Look at New Quarters for 2021

Ohio State fans will be back at The Shoe for Saturday’s spring game.

The school is limit attendance to 19,180 for the 12pm start at Ohio Stadium. The four-time defending Big Ten champions have some interesting questions on the field heading into coach Ryan Day’s third season in Columbus.

Sporting News presents a preview of the Buckeyes’ spring game with all the necessary information.

MORE: Watch Ohio State’s Spring Game Live on fuboTV (7-Day Free Trial)

When is the Ohio State spring game?

  • Date: Saturday April 17
  • Hour: Noon Y

Ohio State’s spring game begins at noon ET Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

How to watch the Ohio State spring game

Ohio State’s spring game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. You can also stream the game live with fuboTV, offering a seven-day free trial.

How many fans are allowed?

The maximum capacity for Saturday’s game is 19,180, and 10,000 of those seats will be given to campus medical staff and staff in appreciation for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ohio State band and spiritual team will also be in the game.

Bigger question

Who is the quarterback? Justin Fields, who passed for 63 TDs and nine interceptions, went into the 2021 NFL Draft. That leaves a three-way run for the quarterback spot. Ohio State had that spring question in 2015 with Cardale Jones, JT Barrett and Braxton Miller and again in 2018 with Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell.

Ohio State QB Competition

CJ Stroud saw limited action last year, but showed his talents with a 48-yard touchdown run against Michigan State. He is considered the favorite, but the competition is close. Redshirt Freshman Jack Miller III was a record quarterback at Chaparral (Scottsdale, Arizona), and incoming freshman Kyle McCord (St. Joseph’s, Philadelphia) is another five-star talent at the position.

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Three more things to see


LSU has the best receiving corps in 2019. Alabama took the title in 2020. The Buckeyes are preseason favorites in that category heading into 2021. Ohio State establishes itself with the most dynamic 1-2 combination of Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. Who will challenge the other representatives? Jameson Williams, Julian Fleming and Jaxon Smith-Njigba played complementary roles on offense last season, and freshmen Emeka Egbuka, Marvin Harrison Jr and Jayden Ballard will be in the mix.

Offensive line

All-Americans Wyatt Davis and Josh Myers left for the NFL, and the Buckeyes have to reshape the interior of what should be another tough offensive line. The Buckeyes averaged 256.9 rushing yards per game, making that elite passing attack that much more effective. Matthew Jones moved to center and Paris Johnson moved to guard. The good news is that the tackle appears to be set up with returning starters Thayer Munford and Nicholas Petit-Frere. Be on the lookout to see if another highlight comes up. Freshman Donovan Jackson could be that player.

Back seven

The Buckeyes were torched in a 52-24 loss to Alabama in the college football championship game last season, and the bottom seven will need a shakeup as a result. Seniors Dallas Gant and Teradja Mitchell will take on bigger roles as linebackers, and sophomore Cody Simon is in the mix to start. Sevyn Banks assumes the role of top cornerback, but the Buckeyes still have questions in the secondary. We won’t learn much from the spring game, but it will offer clues as to who is in the lead heading into fall.

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Freshmen to observe

Offense: TreVeyon Henderson, RB

Henderson should be looking forward to getting back on the field. The five-star running back from Hopewell, Virginia, didn’t have a high school season in 2020, and should get some carries in a backfield that features Master Teague and Steele Chambers. Henderson is another talented piece Day can work with, so it will be interesting to see what that use will be as a freshman.

Defender: Jack Sawyer, DE

Saywer, a 6-5, 248-pound defensive end from Pickerington North, was one of the first to sign up who opted out of his senior season. He got engaged to Ohio State after his second season, and will likely take on a backup role behind Zach Harrison and Tyreke Smith, only getting better with defensive line coach Larry Johnson.

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