Defending B1G champion Ohio State kicks off its quest for a national title tonight in the season opener at Minnesota. Ohio State will be without 11 players, according to Eleven Warriors.

Three of the key players that are out include starting center Harry Miller, starting cornerback Cam Brown, and backup defensive tackle Jerron Cage. Miller is a 6-foot-4, 315-pound junior who transitioned from left guard to center. Brown is a redshirt junior who sustained a season-ending Achilles injury last year in Week 2. Cage is a fifth-year senior.

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Ohio State went 7-1 last season, knocking off Northwestern for the B1G title and Clemson in the College Football Playoff semis, before falling to Alabama in the national championship game.

ESPN’s Mark May considers the Week 1 matchup vs. Minnesota to be a “huge trap game” for Ohio State. Minnesota is coming off a 3-4 record in the shortened 2020 season after going 11-2 in 2019.

Ohio State leads the all-time series 45-7 vs Minnesota and is on a 10-game winning streak in the series.