Ohio State Announces Home and Home Series with Texas

By Jason Priestas on October 10, 2012 at 5:33p

A week ago, Gene Smith told reporters that the school was changing its scheduling philosophy, cutting down or eliminating MAC and FCS teams because of a need to have a better resume for playoff football.

Gene Smith promised to improve Ohio State's schedule. And he's starting to.Every day he's scheduling.

He wasn't kidding.

On Wednesday, the school announced a home-and-home series with the Texas Longhorns.

The two teams will meet in Austin, Texas, in 2022 and then return to do it again in Columbus in 2023. The games will be played Sept. 17, 2022 in Texas Memorial Stadium and Sept. 16, 2023 in Ohio Stadium.

The schools have met three times previously – a home-and-home arrangement in 2005 and 2006, and in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl – with Texas holding a 2-1 edge in wins.

“Playing a program like the University of Texas always creates remarkable experiences for our players and fans,” Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith said. “Our last series with the Longhorns contributed to the great history and tradition that Buckeye Nation enjoys.”

In 2005, the Longhorns, behind Vince Young's Nintendo skills, rallied for a 25-22 victory in Ohio Stadium, ending Ohio State's 39-game non-conference home winning streak in Ohio Stadium.

The Buckeyes exacted revenge in 2006, battering a young Colt McCoy and riding 239 combined receiving yards from Anthony Gonzalez and Ted Ginn to a 24-7 win in Austin. The win propelled Ohio State to a firm grip on the nation's #1 ranking, which they'd hold for the entire season before the tragedy in the desert.

In the rubber match, Colt McCoy, then a senior, hit Quan Cosby for a 26-yard touchdown strike with 16 seconds remaining to hand the Longhorns a 24-21 win in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.

Although Ohio State has played Texas three times in the last seven years, by the time this series rolls around, those games will be ancient history. Don't expect these announcements to end anytime soon, either.


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Jeremy91's picture

Sweet! Those games were so much fun to watch!

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Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

All for it. I'll be 2 yrs over the dirty 30 by that point but that doesn't mean I won't be screaming my head off in a hopeful night game in the shoe!!

Mix's picture

I was in college during the last home and home with Texas, woke up hoarse the next day both times!


Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Damn I'll be old.......

joel121270's picture

No doubt, I'll be over 50 by then...Good God!!!

741's picture

My 75 year old mom was screaming louder than me at the 'Shoe this past Saturday night... I think you'll be OK.

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Ugh....over forty, YIKES!

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BuckeyeSki's picture

The only bad thing about this...is that the games are in '22 and '23 and not sooner.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

The good news is that in the meantime OSU has games scheduled with North Carolina, TCU and Oklahoma. And I imagine with Gene saying he's gonna "schedule up" that they'll be adding games with other good programs. 

Tim's picture

And Virginia Tech too, lots of good games in the next decade.

Mix's picture

I'm pumped for the upcoming schedules.


M Man's picture

Was anybody else thinking that by 2022, OSU-Texas could be a conference game?

buckeyeEddie27's picture

No, but damn.   I am now.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Max Power's picture

Took the words out of my mouth

buckeyedude's picture

My first thought was, "Damn, I hope I'm alive to see this game."
There is an old song by Zager & Evans called "In The Year 2525."
Because so many kids are getting injured playing this game, maybe by 2022 the players will all be robots. Kind of like in The Jetsons.



BED's picture

Exactly what I was going to say.

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buckeyedude's picture

My second thought was, by the time we play Texas in 2022, you'll have changed your avatar to a Buckeye helmet, MMan!



AngryWoody's picture

@Buckeyedude nothing like a Buckeye beer. When you're dry reach for a Buckeye!

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Poison nuts's picture

B1G in 2023 = Big 16

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ArTbkward's picture

I was thinking that the future stars of that game are currently 4th, 5th and 6th graders.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...

(Also, I'm not a dude)

poop's picture

I think I'll wonder over to Shaggy Bevo and see how they feel about it. They didn't have good things to say about the experience in 2005, not that I can blame them.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

yeah, I'll be pushing 40 for cryin out loud!!!!      w     t      f

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Poison nuts's picture

40 ain't so bad...I'll be over 50...dammit!

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ThatOhioStateGirl's picture

Jealous of the students in '22 and '23! Hmmmm might have to consider being a 9th year senior...

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kr66osu's picture

Oh snap, I'll be 28 then but this is still awesome

Texas Buckeye's picture

I'll be 30 years old by the time this series happens. That's crazy to think about.

It's true... We really are a bunch of nuts!
Go Bucks!

BuckeyeVet's picture

Tsk, tsk.....children. I'll be 63 by then! But I'll still be cheering my ass off for the Buckeyes!

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Jason Priestas's picture

Oh, snap. I think I just saw a 60-year-old call a 53-year-old a whippersnapper.

buckeyedude's picture

Kids these days.



BuckeyeVet's picture

Hahaha ....... touche'.

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RBuck's picture

I'll be 74. Hoping to be alive.

Long live the southend.

Maestro's picture

Cool.  Hope to go.

vacuuming sucks

Terwilligins's picture

Between this and TCU '18/'19, there will be at least 8 straight years ('14-'22) recruits from Texas are guaranteed a trip home during their Buckeye careers. Can imagine this opening up some sort of pipeline.

mr.green's picture

This + TCU + a preseason tilt or 2 in Jerry World Is great for Texas recruiting. A&M anyone?

Conroy's picture

Texas Stadium or Texas Memorial Stadium?

Texas Buckeye's picture

I'm pretty sure it's Texas Memorial Stadium. Texas Stadium was torn down in Dallas a few years back.

It's true... We really are a bunch of nuts!
Go Bucks!

Jason Priestas's picture

Fixed. Thank you.

William's picture

Within the next decade OSU has matchups with VaTech, TCU, Oklahoma, and Texas. That's awesome. If only OSU could work on getting the series with UGA and Tennessee back. 

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

Here's to hoping this next home and home series is as exciting as the first. The winner of each of those first two ended up in the National Championship that year.

carence's picture

David Lighty will be a 5th year senior then!

NGBuck21's picture

Have to give you a classic +1 due to not being able to vote. I about died laughing at this.

buckeyedude's picture

That's IF he gets a redshirt.



OSUNeedles's picture

And Greg Oden might finally look his age!

Bucksfan's picture

Anything can happen in 10 years.  Good to see, though.

AC1972's picture

For all of u dubsters contemplating how old you'll be, start making plans now for this to be the first home game u take your kids to!  Indoctrination at its best!

Alhan's picture

My daughter will be 12 for the Texas home game! Holy crap...

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Alhan's picture

I definitely like seeing us schedule the big boys. Let's hope Texas and TCU don't pull s Cal in the years we play them!

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jestertcf's picture

Fun Fact: The Michigan fan has the most upvotes on this thread.  -wipes tear-
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Max Power's picture

Michigan/Ohio State will never get along....we all can respect M Man, just as the football teams do, but "getting along"? NAY! Woody just got sick from heaven, LOL. No offense M Man, . I respect your posts

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

M Man is aware that without us, the last game in November wouldn't be so awesome.

Max Power's picture

Wouldn't Florida be a smart OOC game? Although UFM would most likely be long gone by the time the game would make the schedule.

703Buckeye's picture

UF hasn't left Florida for an OOC game since 1992, when they got battered by Syracuse. I doubt the Gators want to come up to Ohio.

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phxbuck's picture

I will probably drink less at this game then at the 2005 game, just a hunch. 

NGBuck21's picture

Am I the only one feeling just kind of blah about this series. Maybe its just the timing of it considering we've played them recently. It will definitely have me excited when the time comes, but I was expecting somebody else. The OSU writers I follow on twitter made it seem like it was going to be a huge team we've never or rarely have played recently.

bedheadjc's picture

Who will be the coach by then?

otrain2416's picture

Lets Hope by then Urbans still coaching and we have at least a pair of National Championships under our belt!

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Johnniebuckeye's picture

Try 76,   Buckeye fan since old enough to understand football, became a fan in1952. Keep cheering youngin's, it only gets better with age.

bhsiba99's picture

10 years is an eternity in today's CFB landscape ..... I'm surprised that OSU would schedule that far out.   For all we know, with the shifting league alignments, this game may never even happen.

1stYrBuckIClub's picture

Thus continues my love/hate relationship with Gene Smith... Still curse him (on an almost daily basis) for not voluteering our bowl ban last year. But he was pretty cool down in New Orleans at the Final Four, hanging out with alumni and fans, even stayed after the team left to be seen in the lobby of the Sheraton. And this scheduling... Make some calls Gene! I'd love to see some home-home matchups with some of the lesser perceived (but still very competitve) schools, Ole Miss or Mississippi State in the SEC, NC State or Walrus (I mean Boston) College in the ACC, even a matchup with Louisville or Rutgers in the Big (L)East... Sneak in an Arizona for a beating of Rich Rod again or an Oklahoma State for an OSU-squared battle and let the critics whine then! 

buckeyedude's picture

I think a matchup with a RichRod coached Arizona team is intriguing.



MVJ's picture

The top teams I would love to see us play OOC (in no particular order):

  • Alabama
  • Notre Dame
  • LSU
  • Pittsburgh Steelers

"You win with people "

BED's picture
  • Pittsburgh Steelers


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gbm's picture

To be honost, i could care less about sec matchups. They are just a fad right now(hopefully). But either way i'm a traditionalist and would rather see some Pac10 matchups or maybe some eastern schools.

scarpenter614's picture

Does anyone else notice the wide variety of ages for people that frequent this site?  I guess I just assumed most people were of similar age to me but I'm seeing 18-60 on here.  There doesn't seem to be very many followings as intense as Buckeye Football that transcend age this way.  Go Bucks!

ek68's picture

How about 62!!!.  Been a Buckeye fan (radio only WMAN Mansfield) when "Hop A Long Cassidy" played!!!




Pam's picture

59. 44 years and counting of Buckeye fandom