2018 and 2019 Big Ten Schedules Released

By Kyle Rowland on October 16, 2013 at 12:23p

The 2018 and 2019 Big Ten football schedules were released on Wednesday. Featured in 2019 is a trip to Lincoln.  

Ohio State’s home games in 2018 are against North Carolina, Rutgers, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska and Michigan. The season opener is still TBA. The Buckeyes travel to TCU, Penn State, Purdue, Michigan State and Maryland. They don't play Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa or Northwestern. 

In 2019, Ohio State welcomes Cincinnati, TCU, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Maryland and Penn State to Ohio Stadium. On the road, the Buckeyes will face Indiana, Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. No plays are Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue. A third non-conference date is yet to be determined, but Ohio State indicated it wants the game played on Aug. 31 as the season opener.

So far, six home games are scheduled for '18 and '19, making it likely that the TBA games will be played at Ohio Stadium to ensure seven home game. Athletic director Gene Smith has indicated that Ohio State will never play less than seven home games in a season.

  • Ohio State opens Big Ten play in 2019 with consecutive road games: at Indiana and at Nebraska.
  • Ohio State, in 2019, will be making its first visit back to Evanston to play Northwestern since the thriller two weeks ago.
  • Also in 2019: Wisconsin will play in Columbus for the first time since the game earlier this season. (That's six-year breaks between Ohio State's last visit to Northwestern and Wisconsin visits to Ohio State).
  • After its home opener in 2019 (still to be determined) Ohio State plays Cincinnati, at Indiana, TCU, at Nebraska, Michigan State, at Northwestern and Wisconsin.
  • North Carolina's visit to Ohio Stadium in 2018 will be its first since 1975.
  • Ohio State will play for the first time at TCU in 2018. The return game against the Horned Frogs in 2019 will be TCU's first visit to Columbus since 1973.
  • The Big Ten begins its nine-game conference schedules in 2016.
  • The Buckeyes will play nine consecutive weeks of Big Ten games in 2016 without an off week.
  • Ohio State and Indiana will kick off the 2017 season Sept. 2 in Bloomington. The game will represent Ohio State's first season opener vs. a Big Ten school since 1976 (Michigan State) and it will be the first time Ohio State has opened a season on the road since 1998 (at West Virginia).
  • Ohio State will resume its 2017 Big Ten campaign four weeks after the IU game. The Buckeyes will play at Rutgers Sept. 30 before hosting Maryland Oct. 7 for its first Big Ten home game.
  • The 2014 Big Ten schedule will feature a new East/West division alignment and include the conference debut of Maryland and Rutgers.
  • Ohio State will kick off its 2014 Big Ten season, and its first season as a member of the Big Ten's East Division, with the first of consecutive games against the two newest members of the Big Ten, Maryland and Rutgers. The Buckeyes travel to College Park, Md., Oct. 4 for their first-ever game against the Terrapins at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium and, following an off week, host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium.

2018 Ohio State schedule  

Date Opponent
Sept. 1 TBA
Sept. 8 Rutgers
Sept. 15 at TCU
Sept. 22 North Carolina
Sept. 29 at Penn State
Oct. 6 Indiana
Oct. 13 Minnesota
Oct. 20 at Purdue
Oct. 27 Bye
Nov. 3 Nebraska
Nov. 10 at Michigan State
Nov. 17 at Maryland
Nov. 24  Michigan

2019 Ohio State schedule

Date Opponent
Aug. 31 TBA
Sept. 7 Cincinnati
Sept. 14 at Indiana
Sept. 21 TCU
Sept. 28 at Nebraska
Oct. 5 Michigan State
Oct. 12 Bye
Oct. 19 at Northwestern
Oct. 26 Wisconsin
Nov. 2 Bye
Nov. 9 Maryland
Nov. 16 at Rutgers
Nov. 23 Penn State
Nov. 30 at Michigan



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RedStorm45's picture

Wait, the B1G ISN'T expanding to 16 teams by 2018?

mh277907's picture

This would be quite a stretch but is it not at least somewhat possible that Ohio State could play 7 or so ranked teams in 2019?


buckifishr's picture

We can only hope the B1G restores that level of credibility by 2019.
Name recognition  (SEC style ranking) says we should have at least 5 or 6 teams ranked every year.

buckifishr's picture

I thought that the plan was to make sure the best teams were playing the best teams to ensure marquee matchups throughout the season.  Seems like you should wait till closer to 2019 so you know who the top teams actually are. 
Could very easily end up with a B1G version of this years Cal game where it looked great on paper 5 years ago when it was scheduled.
Just my 2 cents

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

Great....when I'm 30....(sigh- takes a drink)....

Unky Buck's picture

30 ain't so bad...31 is when it gets shitty...

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

My god, I'll actually be 32 (takes a bigger drink).

daveyt11's picture

You kids...LOL...I will be 52...yikes!!!

UrbanCulture's picture

2019 looks to be a very tough schedule. Still 6 years away though so a lot could change.

J.Mo's picture

I don't want to wait until 2019 to go back to Nerdwestern and watch Ohio State play in Chicago unless they move the B1G championship game to Solider Field.

d1145fresh's picture

Knowing OSU's luck North Carolina and TCU will be atrocious in 5-6 years. But don't worry its not like the media will blame us for it then.... oh wait.
Today, however, these schedules look pretty good IMO. A fair amount of challenges however not playing Wisconsin is going to be a little odd.

BuckeyeSouth's picture

So by the time the 2019 season rolls around the Buckeyes will have been undefeated 7 years in a row and will still have yet to make it to the BCSNCG or the playoffs.  Great.

Champions.  Undisputed.  

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Haha, first two B1G games of 2014 are with the newcomers.  Welcome to the Big Ten guys!

Class of 2010.

You can't spell chump without UM's picture

The way TCU and North Carolina look this year, they could be having some very average seasons in the future, but you never know. I think the schedules look pretty good so far.

Brady Hoke ate my comment

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Yeah, so hard to know how a team will be 5 or 6 years out. 

RedStorm45's picture

By the way...2017 - what the eff? Starting AT INDIANA?? Then followed up by a TBA, home against Oklahoma, and at UNC?  Very odd start in 2017.

steveoz49's picture

I'm a fan of seeing TCU and North Carolina in the same season.  It's nice to see the non-conference schedule having better competition.  That could help in recruiting as well.