Ohio State opens at Minnesota, backs new QB in 'big moments'
FILE - Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim carries the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois in Champaign, Ill., in this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, file photo. There will be no easing into the season for most Big Ten teams. Ibrahim said he and his teammates are juiced up playing the team that's won four straight Big Ten titles and played in the national championship game in January. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2020, file photo, Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan drops back to throw during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois in Champaign, Ill. Morgan has big goals and an even bigger inspiration in mind for his fourth and perhaps final college season, following his father's death this summer after a bout with brain cancer. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
FILE - In this April 5, 2021 file photo, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud runs through a drill during an NCAA college football practice in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State is one of several national title contenders turning to a new quarterback this season, and C.J. Stroud takes over for the Buckeyes without a single college pass attempt. His debut for the four-time defending Big Ten champions comes on Thursday, Sept. 2 on the road against an experienced Minnesota team. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)
FILE - Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave catches a touchdown pass in front of Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick during the second half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans, in this Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, file photo. Olave was selected to The Associated Press Preseason All-America first team offense, Monday Aug. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2020, file photo, Northwestern defensive back Brandon Joseph (16) intercepts a pass intended for Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson (5) in the end zone during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis. Joseph was selected to The Associated Press Preseason All-America first team defense, Monday Aug. 23, 2021.(AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)