Peeking Ahead at the 2014 Football Schedule

By Michael Citro on May 20, 2013 at 11:30a
Brutus is feeling it. Are you?

By now, you’ve probably seen the 2014 Ohio State and/or Big Ten football schedule. As with any football schedule, there are easier and tougher games and stretches along the way.

The Buckeyes have a schedule that seems to settle somewhere between easy and difficult, although much can happen before the 2014 season arrives. The purpose here is to take a way-too-soon look at Ohio State’s road in 2014, and also to check out some of the more interesting aspects of the B1G schedule.

Ohio State’s schedule starts with a rare neutral site contest in Baltimore on Aug. 30, against the option attack of the U.S. Naval Academy. It’s currently the only non-conference game away from Ohio Stadium. Should the Buckeyes prevail, they’ll carry all the momentum into…a bye week.

There’s still time to add a game for Sept. 6 down the road, but perhaps Urban Meyer will opt to keep that open date to adequately prepare for a home tilt against Kent State. The Golden Flashes will bring their brand of MACtion to the Horseshoe on Sept. 13

The 2014 non-conference highlight occurs seven days later when the Virginia Tech Hokies of the ACC visit the banks of the Olentangy. The non-conference schedule concludes Sept. 27 against Cincinnati. Things can get unnecessarily close for comfort when the Buckeyes and Bearcats dance.

Then we’ll start seeing our new friends from the East Coast. The Buckeyes will return to Maryland on Oct. 4 to open the B1G season against the Terrapins in College Park. Crab cakes for everyone! It will be the first meeting between the schools as conference foes, and we know you’ve been dying to get after those smug turtles ever since their admittance into the Big Ten. With a big conference road win under their belts, the Buckeyes will carry that momentum over into…another by week.

Play resumes for Ohio State on Oct. 18 when the Rutgers Scarlet Knights matriculate to Columbus. Jim Delany and the league office did the newbies no favors in their first go-round as full conference members (more on this later). Again, we know the hatred you're building for Rutgers. Division rivals!

The Buckeyes will finally play in a state other than Ohio or Maryland a few days before Halloween, with an Oct. 25 date in Happy Valley. That’ll make three consecutive East Division rivals for Ohio State, which will really add some spice to the proceedings. There ain’t no party like an East Division party, ‘cause an East Division party don’t stop.

Well, I lied. It does stop momentarily the first Saturday of November when West Division foe Illinois visits. With Ohio State sharing the Leaders (maybe?) Division with the Illini for what will seem like decades, the Illibuck Trophy game becomes a cross-divisional affair. Capture that wooden turtle (again), boys. You might get to keep it awhile.

Ohio State in 2014
Date Opponent
Aug. 30 vs. Navy at Baltimore
Sept. 6 Bye
Sept. 13 vs. Kent State
Sept. 20 vs. Virginia Tech
Sept. 27 vs. Cincinnati
Oct. 4 at Maryland
Oct. 11 Bye
Oct. 18 vs. Rutgers
Oct. 25 at Penn State
Nov. 1 vs. Illinois
Nov. 8 at Michigan State
Nov. 15 at Minnesota
Nov. 22 vs. Indiana
Nov. 29 vs. Michigan
Dec. 6 B1G Championship Game

The East Division war heats up again Nov. 8 in the first of two straight road games for Ohio State. The Buckeyes visit Sparty, in what could be a pivotal battle on the road to the B1G championship game. The road trip continues Nov. 15 at Minnesota on the frozen tundra, in the second of Ohio State’s two divisional crossover games.  It’s the first meeting with the Golden Gophers in football since 2009. That game went ok.

The final two weeks are at home against Indiana and Michigan to close out East Division play.

The Buckeyes will miss Wisconsin for the first time since 2006 and I’m sure everyone is broken up by that. The Badgers will miss almost every team with a pulse in 2014, because Barry Alvarez obviously has some photos of Jim Delany in a very compromising position, or something.

Here are a few more interesting tidbits from the 2014 conference slate:

  • The Badgers have crossover games against newcomers Maryland and Rutgers, which means they don’t face the Buckeyes, Wolverines or Spartans.
  • Wisconsin’s toughest conference games are at Northwestern and home against Nebraska. So…see you in Indy, Bucky.
  • Penn State and Rutgers square off in the only B1G game on Sept. 13. The rest of the teams open their conference slates on Sept. 20.
  • Rutgers, Penn State, and Michigan State all have an extra week to prepare for the Buckeyes.
  • The Nittany Lions are also fortunate enough to get a bye week prior to visiting Michigan. Rutgers and Indiana also have an additional week to get ready for the Wolverines.
  • The Scarlet Knights may have an extra week of preparation for both Ohio State and Michigan, but that’s the only slack the B1G is giving them. Rutgers’ first five Big Ten opponents are Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin. That’s a murderer’s row, plus the Knights see the Spartans two games after the Badgers. R.I.P. Rutgers. You got all the tough games Wisconsin didn't get.
  • The Spartans and Nittany Lions join Rutgers in playing Michigan and Ohio State in successive weeks.
  • Michigan plays Minnesota and at Northwestern in its crossover games.

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Oyster's picture

I didn't even read the article and headed straight for the schedule.  At first glance, I hate the byes, especially in the 2nd week!  Who schedules a bye in the second week?

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Doc's picture

My wife looked at the schedule over the weekend and made the comment about no need for season tickets that year cause it pretty much sucks, except AACC.  I tend to agree.

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CC's picture

It's better than this year.

New alum's picture

The 2014 non-conference slate (Navy, Kent State, Virginia Tech, and Cincinnati) should be a significant upgrade over 2013's (Buffalo, San Diego State, California, and Florida A&M).  It is possible to imagine at least a couple of the 2014 games being competitive.  Hopefully this will be a new trend.

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Va Tech under the lights in the Shoe.
Yes please.

BME_Buckeye's picture

It’s the first meeting with the Golden Gophers in football since 2009. That game went ok.

Did you mean first home meeting or win that counted? We did play them in 2010 but we know what happened to the wins that season. 
As for this schedule it looks really weak again. Only possible games of interest are V Tech at home and then hitting the road to Minnesota and Michigan State. Hopefully the quality of competition is much better in the future...

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Michael Citro's picture

Correct...last meeting that counted.

Buckeyeneer's picture

I respectfully disagree, BME. I think Navy with their crazy triple-option, VATech, and Cincy is about as agressive as you will see. I'll grant you Kent State but put anyone else's OOC schedule against that and I think we'd stack up pretty well.

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Michael Citro's picture

It's pretty hard to please some folks. I'm not sure why at least these games wouldn't be considered interesting:

Virginia Tech
Penn State
Michigan State

And if things fall right between now and then, these could also be interesting:

Kent State (if they don't revert to pre-Hazell levels)
Rutgers (the recruiting is there...please commit there, Jabrill Peppers)
Indiana (if Kevin Wilson continues to develop that program the way he has been)

Tougher schedules are on the way in future years, but be careful what you wish for. It's already hard to go undefeated.

OSUs12-OH's picture

Let's hope all these teams on your list are competitive.  I can seriously see VA Tech and Cincy being overrated now and may be even then.  We'll see but I hope they all are ranked and unbeaten when OSU plays them.  It's the only way OSU's getting in despite a play off.  You have to get into the top five...and I can see this being difficult unless these teams have strong seasons.  Otherwise, OSU could be on the outside looking in.  Now if OSU makes history this year...that could all change.  

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Crimson's picture

Play resumes for Ohio State on Oct. 18 when the Rutgers Scarlet Knights matriculate to Columbus.

Is this like matriculating the ball down the field?  I could accept this (grudgingly) if this was Rutgers first game in B1G conference play (as in, "Rutgers will matriculate to B1G conference play against Penn St on Sept. 13th."), but you're trying to hard to sound like you belong on ESPN.

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Michael Citro's picture

but you're trying to hard to sound like you belong on ESPN.

1) It's "too hard," not "to hard."

2) I wasn't trying to do that at all, but hey, if it comes that naturally to me, maybe they should put me on their gargantuan payroll.

Hovenaut's picture

You'd be a colleague of Mark May.

Don't think like that Mike.

dumpus's picture

2) don't do it, 'cause then you'd have to become an asshole. 

OSUs12-OH's picture

Rutgers won't be good for two to three more years...and I'm not even sure then.

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Michael Citro's picture

The Knights have won 8 or more games in 6 of the last 7 years, including multiple bowl games. They're not exactly horrible.

gwalther's picture

Agreed. People seem to come to the conclusion of "Rutgers sucks" without looking either at their record or comparing Rutgers with their Big Ten brethren.
Purdue, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana...not exactly powerhouses. Wisconsin, Penn State, and Michigan State didn't really distinguish themselves last year either..

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I like Rutgers as a football addition. Not as much with Maryland.

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CC's picture

If teams who share a trophy game play in the CCG does the trophy go to the winner?

Hovenaut's picture

Solid slate.....geographically it makes sense as they're staying home/within the B1G. Definitely an upgrade over the past few years.

Kent State is even a solid opponent by MAC/in-state little brother standards...their program did well under Hazell and should stay competitive under Paul Haynes.

Earle's picture

I'm all for distractions at this time of the year, but isn't the 2013 Season far away enough?

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osubuck57's picture

Schedule is an upgrade over 2013 for sure,with the exception of Minnesota and Indiana. Like the fact that we are playing both Maryland and Rutgers to start new league play.Wisconsin gets the "Cupcake Schedule" of the year award for 2014,as we do, this year.Don't like 2 buy weeks,especially one so close to start of season, but oh well.


RedStorm45's picture

Let's talk about those '17 matchups against UNC and Oklahoma.  Go.
Navy caused issues in the past ('09?), and the '14 defense will need to play and tackle significantly better than last year's D.  Could be an issue as the option attack is just so out of the norm.
Taking a await and see approach on the two newbies.  We'll have to see how they improve (or digress) in a couple years.

Boxley's picture

Anyone who is even somewhat knowledgeable about football (that leaves me out) as to see that the 2014 slate is much better/tougher than 2013.
As a possible interesting side note;
Why not post the 2014 pre-season OOC schedule for Bama, and show a side by side SOS ranking between them and us?

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RedStorm45's picture
08/31 - Virginia Tech (at Atlanta, GA)
09/21 - Colorado State
10/05 - Georgia State
11/23 - Chattanooga
08/30 - West Virginia (at Atlanta, GA)
09/06 - Florida Atlantic
11/22 - Western Carolina
Play Wisky in 2015 in Texas, and then follow that with a home/home with Sparty after that.

IBleedSandG's picture

I figured as soon as I hit 'save' on my reply someone would beat me too it. Lol.


IBleedSandG's picture
WVU isn't a bad opponent to start the year with. I don't get the end of year cupcake teams that the entire sec schedules. Western Carolina? 


Dayton Buckeye's picture

I like the preseason games. VT, UC, and Navy are better than our recent preseason games.
It is not Texas or USC, but VT is a big name in college football.  I love to beat UC in anything to shut up my UC friends.

southbymidwest's picture

Must admit I am happy about the 2014 season- UMd and Navy (or technically Ravens Stadium in Baltimore or M&T Stadium or whatever they call it these days) are just up the road from us, husband is a VT grad so I know he will be very interested to travel to Columbus for that game-yay! I might get to see three OSU games in person in one season!

tussey's picture

I'm excited for the VaTech game