Ohio State Releases Key Dates for 2014 Football Campaign

By DJ Byrnes on January 24, 2014 at 11:53a
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Date Opponent
8/30 Navy (at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium)
9/6 Virginia Tech
9/13 Kent State
9/20 --
9/27 Cincinnati
10/4 at Maryland
10/11 --
10/18 Rutgers
10/25 at Penn State
11/1 Illinois
11/8 at Michigan State
11/15 at Minnesota
11/22 Indiana
11/29 Michigan
12/6 Big Ten Championship Game

Ohio State has released key dates for the 2014 campaign:

2/5 National Signing Day
3/7 Pro Day
4/12 Spring Game (1:00 PM, Ohio Stadium)
7/28 Big Ten Media Days

Among the highlights are the beginning of spring camp, the school's "pro day" and the 2014 Spring Game, which returns to Ohio Stadium after a one year hiatus to Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium while renovations of the Horseshoe were completed.

15 spring practices, including the Spring Game, will start Tuesday, March 4. The team will hold a second practice on March 6 before Ohio State's spring break, March 10-14. Following the break, the team will resume practice on March 18, leading up to the Spring Game, which will be held after an Ohio State-Michigan lacrosse battle on April 12.

Virginia Tech and Cincinnati headline the out-of-conference schedule. The Hokies are coming off a disappointing 8-5 campaign, but the Cincinnati Bearcats will be looking to improve on their 9-4 mark under second-year frontman Tommy Tuberville. 

The Michigan game followed by the Big Ten championship game will always be tough, but without penciling the Buckeyes into Indianapolis, thankfully trips to Happy Valley and East Lansing sandwich a home-tilt with Illinois. (And Minnesota is no slouch either; it's good to see them back on the schedule.)


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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

I see 6-7 tough games on that schedule not including the B1G Championship, all winnable.  Looks to be a fun season ahead.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

Deadly Nuts's picture

Over on mgoblow this one dude was predicting us to go 7-6 with losses to Navy, VT, Cincy, MSU, ttun and the bowl game.


PittBuckeye's picture

I really don't think there's enough crack in the world to make a rational person think Ohio State will lose 6 games next year. I'd bet that guy 1000$ that OSU doesn't lose over 6 games the next 2 years combined.

TMac's picture

Rational and TTUN Fan are mutually exclusive

ONE Not Done!

mobboss1984's picture

You got to be kidding. Is this a expert?

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Thankfully not.


Deadly Nuts's picture

I couldn't find the "7-6" comment but I found this one:

#13 for Ohio is argubaly even less rational: they are losing 4 OL, Carlos Hyde and the good part of their not-good secondary. And then there's the schedule: Virginia Tech (home) will not be easy, nor really will Navy (away) or even Cincinatti (home). I bet they lose 1/3 of those--and maybe 2/3. Then they play at MUS, at PSU and at Minnesota, which won't be a pushover. I bet they lose 2/3 of those. And then us to finish--a tossup, as usual. That gives them 7-9 wins. They may end up somewhere in the 20-25 range, or even unranked.



Hovenaut's picture

I hope the individual behind that statement is seeking treatment.

b_pbucksfans's picture

His comment about the OSU/scUM being a toss up as usual is why I can't listen to those fans. 2 out of 10 is not what I consider a toss up!

buckeyedude's picture

You're so silly, mobboss, they're all experts at Mgoblog.



hansman's picture

The funny thing is, the Penn State game will probably be the toughest on our schedule next to MSU and he has us winning that one. I'm pretty sure they will remember 63-14, and I'm pretty sure we won't win by 49.

PittBuckeye's picture

I'm only counting 3 games I'd call tough. We'll need to compare notes. 
MSU (who I feel like after this past season they'll play pissed and stomp a depleted MSU team, Dantonio will still finish ahead of UFM for coach of the year honors which will be won by Ferentz for not losing to badly every week)
Minnesota, and tTUN (just because they're tTUN and God put them on this earth to annoy Ohio State)

TMac's picture

Navy, VT and at PSU could be considered tough games, although I believe that we will beat each of them by 14+
Opening on the road against Navy - they give lots of teams fits, and we have significant replacements to make on the O-Line and back 7 of the D. 
VT isn't the team it was a few years ago, but an early season contest against a formidable coach from a major conference
Hackenberg was pretty good as a FR, went into Madison and got a W, and this is the highlight of their home schedule.

ONE Not Done!

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

The tough games I mentioned (meaning could be within single digits difference):
VT, Cincy (really not, but they may really get up for this game), MSU, PSU, Minnesota, and TTUN.  The seventh one is 1/2 Navy and 1/2 UMD because they are on the road.
MSU is really the only one that is a tossup as of now.

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JKH1232's picture

I think we'll have more close/interesting games than tough ones.  I'm trying to avoid work, so I'll give my shilling on the matter:
Navy: Closer score than the game probably will be.  Navy has an *excellent* quarterback for the system, and the triple option will be tough on new players.  2nd half, their D can't stop our O, and we will grind them down for a two score win.
VT: It's at home, so I think it's a win, since VT is a little behind.  Probably not a blowout- one of those get out early, hold of a late surge kind of games
Kent State: Takes their money, makes a good play or two, goes home thinking about MACtion.
Cincy: Cincy will come out hard to try to prove something, but will stumble more as the game goes on.  Expect a tight first half, though.
Rugers: Home Game, B1G opener, I don't think Rutgers puts up much of a fight.
Maryland: The first B1G away game, so I'd expect some jitters, but good guys pull away towards the end.
Penn State: They're going to come out hard, play tough, and then realize that it's still not 1986, or even 2008.  Expect an ESPN Sad Co-Ed gifable moment in the early 4th when the PSU QB throws a pick-six just as they start a comeback.  This game strikes me as the bellweather for the season.
Illinois: Warm up for the next game.
MSU: This is a tough one to call.  If Ohio State is rockin' going in, I think we pull out the close one.  If we're not up to snuff, we're losing this one.  I wouldn't be shocked if we lost, but I kinda hope Sparty will SPARTY NO this one.  They're due. (If we've lost to PSU, we lose this one, too.)
Minnesota: It's an away game, so it'll be closer than we like.  Also, it'll be cold as balls, I'll bet.  Still, Minnesota doesn't have the horses to run two halves with us.  I think it'll be close until the last two minutes of the first half, when everything changes, letting Lou Holtz make one of his speeches about the last two minutes of the first half against a good team.  Maybe including his three safeties on a kickoff speech.
Indiana: I'm sure there will be some talk on this one- someone on OSU will be hurt that's important, Indiana will probably look good in a game or two.  Then, they come to Ohio Stadium and it looks like 2013 all over again.
Fuckers: Those guys play well against us in Whore-Town, but, since Tressel, get rocked in the Shoe.  This trend continues.
Put a gun to my head?  12-1 at the end of the year, with a win in the Capital One Bowl against an SEC team that's either playing over it's head or disappointed that their here.  Unless we beat MSU.  Then it's 13-0 and a 1 or 2 seed heading into the playoffs, since I don't see Wisco beating us in the B1G championship.

Dougger's picture

Love this analysis. Having Navy first is a huge plus. Nov. 8 is most definitely circled. Hope Braxton has no turnovers and eats them alive. 

I like football

Deadly Nuts's picture

Isn't The Horseshoe adding 2,500 seats this off-season? When is that expected to finish?


osu07asu10's picture

It is scheduled to be done before the start of next Fall. It doesn't look like they've started any work on the stadium (I drive by everyday).

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Hovenaut's picture

.....for it all to come back.
Highlighting Nov 8 at East Lansing.

Aesculus.'s picture

Agree, see below.

+1 HS
Buckeye06's picture

Anyone else worried that we play straight through from 10/18 on?  8 straight weeks of the grind including back to back at MSU and Minny
I guess I hadn't seen it in graph form, and am not sure I like it as much

ChazBuckeye's picture

I miss OSU football...

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

seafus26's picture

Is the Big10 Champ in Indy, again.  That was miserable.  Small roads leading to a stadium in the city instead of on the edge near the freeway made it difficult to get out..  The freeways are tiny to begin with and were a burden, too.  There didn't seem to be parking garage dedicated to the stadium but ones that are shared for all city stuff, again a burden.  Not being able to enjoy a casual adult beverage from your paid for seat was an unwelcome surprise, too.  Finally the worst burden, the weather sucked.  Lets have it some where worthy of taking a December trip.  Seemed to be a minor league city for a big league event.  I vote either Jerry's World, the Superdome, or Reliant

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

Buckeye06's picture

Well they have to have it in the region, or what's the point.  All conferences do it at a neutral site inside that conference's region.
I would love it to be outside once or twice.  True B1G weather

vitaminB's picture

Pac12 does it at the home stadium of the team with the best record, as god intended.

DJ Byrnes's picture

I'd like to see this or just move it to Chicago in the blistering cold (also as God intended).

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Buckeye06's picture

I meant to put that in my post but forgot.  I more meant to say it is inside the region where the conference is.  So we aren't likely to see a B1G title game in Atlanta, although now i guess we could see it in Washington DC...

AkronBuckeye13's picture

Imagine the B1G Championship Game at The Shoe, at night, with potentially a 4-team playoff berth on the line. That place would be surreal.

headina's picture

Luckily I know Indy quite well, we got out and beat all traffic while staying until the very end (painful I lnow) park at the minor league baseball stadium of the Indy Indians. It is 2 blocks northwest of Lucas oil. $20 and plenty of parking. Get out fast heading north for awhile then cut over onto meridian/31. 


UFest57's picture

Yeah! Let's move the B1G Champ game out of B1G country!
I have had no issue parking or enjoying myself in Indy for the past two B1G champ games. Plenty of parking, you could walk downtown and hit the bars after Gameday and then back to the parking lot to tailgate and then to the  stadium for the game. Yes, this year was FREEZING cold but we still tossed back cold (almost frozen) ones in the parking lot. Yes the fact that there are not beers served in the stadium is a bummer, but when is the last time you drank a beer at a B1G game?
All in all, I am perfectly fine with Indy. Short drive from NW Ohio, Columbus, Cincy, etc and is centrally located for most of the B1g teams.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

11/8 and 11/29.  Enough said.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

BoFuquel's picture

Every game matters. Just win'em all, nothing less is acceptable.National Championship or Bust. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

seafus26's picture

Lets use it as a recruitting tool and hold outside of region.  Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, New Orleans.....

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

luckynutz's picture

Are spring game tickets available yet? Looked everywhere...cant find them. Did they already go on sale and I missed it or are we still waiting for them to be made available?

Buck Commander's picture

Play the BIG TEN championship in a pro stadium in each of the teams state and rotate every year whether it is indoor or out.......sorry 'bout your luck Iowa!!!!!!But Cutty Rock  has a point, football should not be played out in the cold........whatever....Where's the Super Bowl this year!GEEEEEEEZ

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cuttyrock's picture

NO game should be played outside at that time of year for a conference championship. No home field advantage just let the teams play indoors. Indy is a good place but other than Ford Field I wouldn't want it at any other venue. Weather can play a factor and to avoid it you really see who the best team is imho. Remember it's a night game in December you sure you would want to be outside if it feels like it 5 degrees out.

southernbuckeye's picture

and counting...................

mtrotb's picture

Hate having both the byes so early in the year.  Like how it fell this year; play 6, week off, play 3, week off, play 3.  This year play 3, off, play 2, off again.


dbit's picture

I didn't check, but I'm just hoping every other team we play isn't coming off of a BYE week like last season...

sivaDavis's picture

GREAT point. Was going to post this until I saw this comment.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

shocker45886's picture

I went to the Indiana game this past season at Ohio stadium, how come Indiana is again at Ohio stadium in 2014, don't the teams usually alternate from year to year?

BuckToAsT's picture

Looks like another 12-0 regular season to me.

SHAKENBAKE68's picture

Focus on one at a time! I think that will be UFM's policy.
Go Bucks!!

There is no such thing as "friendly fire"..

BuckToAsT's picture

Agreed--though not sure that policy will apply to me as a fan. Lol.

JLP36's picture

I fear that schedule will not prepare us for premiere post season, play off competition. 
I hope I am wrong, but still feel some meat on the front end of the schedule will benefit the squad immensely. 
The Big Ten schedule does not do so, as we have seen for about 10 or 12 years now.