What you need to know about Ohio State’s spring game

COLUMBUS — Ohio State will have its spring football game on Saturday, the final practice of the offseason before the team gets back together in full capacity in August.

Here’s a look at some things to know:

When, TV

The game will kickoff at noon Eastern. It will also be aired on FOX, the first ever nationally televised spring game on the network. Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will be back at The Horseshoe for the game, and in the press box calling the game with Jason Benetti and Brady Quinn. Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft will also provide sideline reporting.

How it will work

The rosters have not yet been distributed for the game, as of Friday morning.

Offensive scoring will be standard, but defenses will be able to score points too. The scoring for defensive points are as follows: Six points for a touchdown, three points for a takeaway, three points for forcing a three-and-out, two points for a sack and one point for forcing a punt.

The first three quarters will be 12-15 minutes each, including stoppages. The fourth quarter will consist of a 10-minute running clock.

Don’t expect to see much of some stars. Coach Ryan Day said Wednesday that there’s no reason to see TreVeyon Henderson get tackled. Early on, they will go “thud” tackling, meaning not bringing players to the ground. Expect that to last for most of the starters.

Ticket update

Day said Wednesday that 50,000 tickets had been sold. Parking is free. The school drew 100,000 fans for the 2016 scrimmage and more than 90,000 in 2009 and 2015.


The Columbus forecast for Saturday is sunny with a high of 63.