Who doesn't love some speculation about non-conference scheduling?
Hawaii is looking to schedule a few non-conference games itself, and has eyed Ohio State as a team it wants to play, and in the Horseshoe.
If talks continue to do well, UH might be sending hold-the-date cards to its football fans.
The Rainbow Warriors are seeking to play future road games against UCLA and Ohio State. The games would be particularly meaningful because of the venues. UCLA plays its home games at the Rose Bowl. Ohio State's home stadium — "The Horseshoe" — is one of college football's wonders. If the Warriors need to go on the road to fill dates, those two would be among the most worthwhile.
For those asking "why Ohio State?", Hawaii's new athletic director, Ben Jay, was previously an associate athletic director at Ohio State.
Hawaii is no stranger to traveling far and wide to play football. While visiting UCLA wouldn't be surprising, given its previous trips to the Coliseum to play USC, Hawaii has also traveled to Gainesville in 2008 to play Urban Meyer's Florida Gators, and even traveled to Alabama in 2006 to play the Crimson Tide.
The Buckeyes and Rainbow Warriors have never played each other in football.