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Scarlet Sunrise: No band, cheerleaders or Brutus in Horseshoe

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Brutus won't be allowed at Ohio State games this fall. (Spencer Holbrook/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: No band, cheerleaders or Brutus in Horseshoe

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No band, cheerleaders or Brutus in Horseshoe

Ohio State is just happy to have a college football season this fall. But it won’t feel normal inside the Horseshoe when the Buckeyes kick off Saturday at noon against Nebraska.

The university released its game-day guidelines Monday, putting rules in place to make sure safety is a priority. The Best Damn Band in the Land won’t be inside Ohio Stadium, and there will be no Skull Session. Cheerleaders aren’t allowed at the games. Brutus isn’t even allowed into the game. Tailgating isn’t allowed.

There will be a few supporters in the stadium — the family of coaches and players will be permitted. The Buckeyes will have 656 family members in the stadium, and visiting teams can have up to 400 family members into the stadium.

But the game day atmosphere won’t be the same at Ohio Stadium this fall. The normal part of the stadium will come on the field, where the Buckeyes are expected to dominate the Big Ten once again this season.

New Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

It’s officially game week for Ohio State and the rest of the Big Ten, and Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters is back to begin breaking down the season-opening game against Nebraska and the rest of the Big Ten.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward is joined by former Buckeyes Anthony Schlegel, Michael Bennett and Justin Zwick for a discussion about the Buckeyes and Cornhuskers. The guys break down the biggest matchups, what they’re excited to watch at each position and, of course, they each had to make a game pick.

Nicole Cox from Roosters also joined the show to give an update about how to safely watch the Buckeyes while enjoying Roosters this fall.

Don’t miss this edition of Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.

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Buckeyes to play in primetime at Penn State

There won’t be a Whiteout, but Ohio State will still be dealing with another night game at Penn State.

The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will kick off next Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Thanks to the shifts in the television contracts for the Big Ten, the Buckeyes haven’t been able to consistently return the favor by getting evening kickoffs against Penn State in the Horseshoe. But the challenge on the road against their top threats in the East Division has been steady recently, even if the lack of fans at Beaver Stadium will make the atmosphere considerably less imposing.

And that challenge for the Buckeyes will come as a night game on ABC.

Weekend Kickoff presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems

Lettermen Row Weekend Kickoff presented by Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems: The Whatever It Takes Pregame Show will be back at Urban Meyer’s Pint House this Thursday to preview the weekend full of college football games, including the Buckeyes season-opener against Nebraska.

The next edition of the show will be Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., and there will be plenty of Ohio State guests on hand to break down the latest developments and preview the weekend of football ahead. Come out to see Urban Meyer, Zach Boren, Anthony Schlegel, Michael Bennett and other former Buckeyes greats give their insight about the upcoming games and how they think the Buckeyes will fare against the Cornhuskers.

Get set with the panel of former Buckeyes with analysis, stories, delicious food from Urban Meyer’s Pint House in Dublin and some cold Coors Light. Don’t miss the next show this Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.