"Coach (Mike) Holder (athletic director) and I had several discussions about what day to play," Gundy said after Wednesday's practice. "When we looked at the options, at some point it really didn't matter to me. There is an advantage in maybe playing a couple of days earlier and he wanted to play it on Thursday night for a variety of reasons. One, the market and the coverage."
Had the game been played on Saturday there was a chance there would have been no coverage other than possibly internet streaming. Now the game will be televised on a strong network.
Also, Gundy, who admitted his concern with changing was more routine oriented, did say his team will be able to report one day earlier than originally planned for the start of fall camp, but it will cause them to somewhat condense their camp schedule to get practices in before the opener.
OSU does not have an open week until Oct. 17, but the Thursday date could allow Gundy and his staff to give the players a short break on Friday and Saturday after the Thursday opener and then on Sunday begin prep for the home opener with Central Arkansas.
Central Michigan returns the game by playing in Stillwater in 2016 and 2018 to complete the three-game series.