COLUMBUS — Ohio State officially knows where it stands in the eyes of the College Football Playoff Committee.
The Buckeyes are No. 1 in the country. But they aren’t content.
How can a team be the best in America and still not be satisfied? The Buckeyes are working through that question, finding ways to get better. And they are certainly aware of the perils that November can bring a top-five team.
“I think at this time of the season, you’re into November, crazy things can happen,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “We have to continue to stay focused on the things that have got us to this point: The discipline, the toughness, taking care of the football, tackling.
“Kids are impressionable nowadays. Everybody wants instant gratification. At this point of the year, the only thing that works is continuing to go back to the things that have worked. We just can’t get bored with that. We have to continue to embrace that, understand how important it is.”
Those are the things that have gotten them to No. 1 in the first playoff rankings, which were released Tuesday night. And the distractions could potentially be vaulted for Ohio State. The biggest key for the Buckeyes is avoiding the distractions and praise that comes with being the top team. Ohio State’s time to take care of what should be easy games against Maryland and Rutgers is here.
The first of those is a home game with Maryland, an opponent that has proven to be tricky in the recent past. For anybody heading to the game, listening on the radio or watching on TV, Lettermen Row has all the viewing information that could possibly be needed to not miss a moment.
Ohio State vs. Maryland game time, details
Ohio State is 5-0 all-time against Maryland, with all the matchups coming since Maryland joined the Big Ten in 2014. The last time the Terrapins visited Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes won 62-14. Ohio State won last year’s game in overtime, 52-51.
Time: Noon ET
Date: Saturday, Nov. 9
Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Weather: High of 43 degrees with a 2 percent chance of rain
The line: The Buckeyes are a 43-point favorite, per BetDSI
Over/under: 63 points
What TV channel is the Ohio State game on?
The Buckeyes and Terrapins will play on FOX, with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (color analyst) and Jenny Taft (sideline) on the call.
How can I watch online?
The Buckeyes and Terrapins can be streamed online via FoxSportsGo.
How can I listen to the game on the radio?
Paul Keels and Jim Lachey will have the call on 97.1 FM (WBNS) in Columbus. A full list of football radio affiliates for the program can be found here.
Miss any of our coverage so far this week?
- Five questions after off date, ahead of Maryland matchup
- Five Buckeyes ready to shine in November tune-up games
- How will Buckeyes manage November tuneups before closing stretch?
- Greg Frey looks back on offensive evolution, evaluates high-octane Ohio State
- BuckIQ: Ohio State run-defense turnaround nothing short of remarkable
- Transfer portal success could become regular feature at Ohio State
- What We Learned as Ryan Day, Ohio State get set to host Maryland
- Top-ranked Buckeyes know CFP ranking doesn’t matter, wisely ignoring it
- BuckIQ: Justin Fields, Chris Olave produce magic together at Ohio State
- Buckeyes using relaxed, fun-loving vibe to fuel dominance
- Versatile athletes, scheme have supercharged Buckeyes rushing attack
- Thayer Munford feeling good, back to ’10 out of 10′ for Buckeyes
- BuckIQ: How healthy Austin Mack can boost Ohio State passing attack