Urban Meyer Says Ohio State is in Discussions to Play in Regular Season Neutral Site Game

By DJ Byrnes on July 28, 2014 at 2:55p
130 Comments

Ohio State will play Navy in Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium to open the 2014 season, but for the most part, Ohio State has stayed away from the fad of playing regular season games on neutral fields. (They've preferred the traditional home-and-home format with big-time out-of-conference foes.)

According to Urban Meyer, however, that could soon change.

While nothing is official and the opponent/location is yet to be named, the discussions must be serious if Urban is willing to speak on this publicly.

(My opinion is known on neutral site games.)

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Baroclinicity's picture

I'd be surprised if it was anywhere other than Jerry-World...

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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CC's picture

Atlanta hosts them often as well.

Would love to see it in Indianapolis, New York or Chicago.

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Shangheyed's picture

Going South into SEC country is interesting... Up vote for putting the gauntlet on the table!

osuisnumber1's picture

I'm in S. Florida.   Come to Miami please

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southbuc's picture

New falcons stadium to be finished in 2017 and will be better than jerry world. 

Chief B1G Dump's picture

There's been a long standing rumor of scheduling Clemson in Nashville. 

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Big Papa's picture

I know that the coaches on both staffs are pretty close. I believe the meet during the summer regularly 

"To be the man you've gotta beat the man and just when you think you have all the answers, I change the question." The Nature Boy, Ric Flair

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IGotAWoody's picture

Please, PLEASE schedule Clemson! I would love another crack at them.

 - License to kill gophers (wolverines, badgers, etc) by the government of the United Nations

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Hovenaut's picture

Yessir...scores to settle there.

Third time would be the charm.

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Athens BuckCat's picture

Sure hope this happens, want another crack at those guys plus Nashville is a great city!

seafus26's picture

Jerry's world or NRG stadium in Houston. LSU and Wisconsin open in Houston this year. Letting the kids play in some of the most modern NFL venues is a plus. But even better puts us in front of many southern kids that might not be familiar with our brand. Phoenix is a beautiful stadium, too, but not nearly as many recruits come from out there to show off for. The 49'ers new stadium might be interesting. But most interesting would/will be the opponents. My top 3 choices would be 'Bama, FSU or LSU

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

Shangheyed's picture

Nice if they could get up to Cleveland for a game...

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MN Buckeye's picture

Alabama in December at Cleveland

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PittBuckeye's picture

If we're going to beat Bama I want it to be in a warm place so I don't have to hear ESPN babble about how the cold was an unfair advantage.

Plus that's hardly actually a neutral site.

Homey1970's picture

For a second, I thought you said, schedule Cleveland.  That might be a game to see!

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Rob Reese's picture

Alabama in Cleveland for a Dec game makes me feel all warm & tingly inside.

"All I have known at Michigan is failure.  That's all I know." - Taylor Lewan

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Catch 5's picture

So you want to play Bama in some lower-tier bowl game?

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

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HattanBuck85's picture

NYC or DC. 

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." - Woody Hayes

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dcbucks's picture

And against Alabama... one can only dream. 

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DCBucki's picture

That would be sweet and a big possibility!! Alabama is probably one of the only teams that we can't leverage into a home and home series. We wouldn't want to play them in Atlanta, so DC, NY or TX would be the best possibility!! Personally, I'd LOVE the game to be at Fed Ex in DC!!

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!"
GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY
 

My buck's picture

No way Alabama plays OSU anywhere north of the Ohio River.... No way!!

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WezBuck28's picture

Or above the alabama state line..

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703Buckeye's picture

Back in the 80's, OSU and 'Bama played in the Meadowlands in one of those kickoff games. The good guys lost 16-10 while missing 3 FG's.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

NitroBuck's picture

1986 is calling.  Hopefully that dream would be glorious and not turn into a nightmare.

Ferio.  Tego.

Young_Turk's picture

I think you nailed it right there.  Look to increase B1G brand awareness and exposure in those markets.  I live 4 hours from NYC and will travel there or to DC for OSU games no problem.  

osu407's picture

I heard speculation on the radio that Rutgers may play at Yankee stadium occasionally. 

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703Buckeye's picture

Versus Florida at Browns Stadium in December...

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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NitroBuck's picture

Yes please!!!

Ferio.  Tego.

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psibuck's picture

I'd like to see a middle of the pack SEC team.  Tennessee, Georgia, or Vandy. 

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DCBucki's picture

Been there, done that... and the games against these teams have be cancelled recently!

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!"
GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY
 

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dubjayfootball90's picture

haha, my thoughts exactly.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

CGroverL's picture

...and who cancelled those games exactly? What were their reasons for cancelling games a decade down the road? I understand that the Big Ten Conference and trying to keep up with the Jones's by expanding to 16 teams including going to a 9 game Big Ten schedule as well but I just have trouble with the overall deal breaking. As Ohio State fans, we certainly aren't afraid of games that we think our Buckeyes will win (we believe we have the best team every season and that our beloved football team will beat anyone), especially games that are close to a decade away when the strength of both teams only God knows (yes, I am both a Buckeye fan and a Christian).

My point is simply that scheduling is something that the NCAA should possibly have something to do with...even though I hate the NCAA. These scheduled but canceled games make our kids look scared to play an SEC team. Damn, we get torn apart by people that write up strengths of schedule year after year. See, playing teams from the Pac-10, like the USC teams that were odds on to win the title never helped, playing Washington State and Washington during their better years didn't do us any good either. While I'm thinking about it, playing regular season games against Texas during years they were fighting for National Titles never helped a bit either, did it?

The truth is that the haters are everywhere and the ONLY thing that will help is an unbeaten Buckeye season with no other unbeaten teams or Ohio State will ALWAYS be #2 to the other unbeaten teams, if there are any (let's hope there are no more than 3). Something I have never understood is how a team can have a strength of schedule before the season starts. To have that, you would need the help of some witchcraft and a crystal ball, I'll bet. Anyone that reads AND ACTUALLY BELIEVES (I read them but wonder where he gets his garbage from) strengths of schedule and other poll type numbers from Phil Steele probably reads Harry Potter books as well (Sorry, J.K. Rowling fans). This is a true question that I can get by researching but if one of you out there would care to tell me, or hate me because of my Phil Steele, J.K. Rowling, or Harry Potter comments: Why is Phil Steele considered a professional and if he is a pro, what is he a professional of? Right now, he is writing a column of sorts for my home newspaper, "The Orlando Sentinel", but I have yet to read any of it...yet.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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D-Day0043's picture

You may very well write the most long-winded posts on any sports site that I read. ;-)

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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1stYrBuckIClub's picture

Of note, Vanderbilt cancelled their scheduled game with us so that the SEC and ESPN could make more money (they changed to a conference game w/ Ole Miss on the opening Thursday of college football season and a prime time ESPN spot). Ohio State was forced to cancel their scheduled home-and-home series w/ Tennessee and Georgia because our stupid conference entered into an agreement with the PAC-12 whereas each Big Ten team would play a home-and-home series w/ a PAC-12 team, and then switch to another PAC-12 team and have a home-and-home w/ them over multiple years, leaving us largely helpless in scheduling flexibility for other home-and-home series. With conference realignment, the Big Ten-PAC-12 conference agreement was cancelled before it could even take place.

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Woodshed's picture

The series against Tenn and the series against UGA were cancelled because the B1G and PAC had agreed to schedule intra-conference games with all members playing. Knowing those games were coming, they cancelled those 2 sets of games. Since then, that supid PAC/B1G arrangement fell through and now OSU has to fill those spots.

To insinuate that OSU "chickened out" is nonsense and completely untrue.

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Rob Reese's picture

CGroverL ---  There's something to be said of brevity.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Christian, witchcraft, Harry Potter .... this post is only missing D&D, Heavy Metal & The Teletubbies.

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Menexenus's picture

Psibuck forgot the sarcasm font.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

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AngryWoody's picture

I'm fine with a neutral site if it's actually a neutral site. None of this "Hey, Florida State is going to play us at a neutral site...in Florida" *wink wink*. If we can mange to get someone like FSU or Auburn to come up to Indy, Chicago, NY or even the new Minnesota Vikings stadium I would be fine with that. 

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Catch 5's picture

So you only accept a neutral site if it favors the Buckeyes?

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

List the locations of the last 20 bowl games Alabama has played in?

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PittBuckeye's picture

I think out west is a better option, stay away from B1G country or SEC country. Obviously OSU manages a crowd just fine in Cali (or the moon probably) but either way it's a sellout that neither team could object to

OSU_undergrad's picture

Sorry guys, I'm confused. Were there any dates or potential seasons given? It's not this season is it?

DJ Byrnes's picture

Definitely not this season. Will probably be scheduled a few years into the future.

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OSU_undergrad's picture

Thanks! Just making sure this isn't like a 2022 game or something like that....

CC's picture

I would rather play Bama (or whomever) 2x and do a home and home.

Nuetral site games are relatively lame, I would love to go to LSU and force them to come to Columbus.  No shot of it being after September though.

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NitroBuck's picture

Ideally we could convince an SEC team to come to Columbus instead of its annual late November game with an FCS cupcake.

Ferio.  Tego.

Catch 5's picture

When is the last time OSU played an OOC Game against anybody in November? You guys hammer Bama or other SEC teams for those late games, but the reality is that the B10 plays most if not all their OOC games the first few weeks of the season so they would have to change how they schedule more than the SEC to make that happen.

Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban

NitroBuck's picture

Maybe you missed the point that my comment was a shot across the SEC's bow for playing OOC FCS cupcakes in November.  I agree, B1G teams generally don't do that, preferring to play cupcakes in September and prime contenders & rivals in November.  I have seen OSU occasionally play non-conference games deep into October though.

BTW, I don't do DV's, and offset the one you collected.

Ferio.  Tego.

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dcbucks's picture

Bert in St. Louis would be one hell of a party. 

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vitaminB's picture

It would be sweet if it was LSU, at the Bighouse.

Homey1970's picture

Better would be Appalachian State in the Big House....show'em how it's done!

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Rob Reese's picture

I approve of rubbing the thumb in wounds that run deep in Michigan.  I like where you're going with this thought.

"All I have known at Michigan is failure.  That's all I know." - Taylor Lewan

InTressITrust's picture

It is college athletics.  Leave it on the campuses for the students to enjoy.  I am ok with neutral site games like Navy because their stadium is not large enough.

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

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PittBuckeye's picture

I hate to argue with her, but having a game every now and then at a neutral site gives fans of that school a chance to easily get to a game when they normally can't.

tussey's picture

There have been some great programs willing to do home and home in the past, however none of those have come from the SEC.  My guess is that if we want to play an SEC power, we will have to do a neutral site game as a one time gig.  

sb97's picture

New York is a good guess given the Big Ten's stated goal of breaking into this TV Market.

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BuckeyeMark's picture

Those who live in Ohio need to remember that Buck fans outside of the state would love to see the Buckeyes without a long drive/flight.  The thought of them showing up here in Jerry World (I live in DFW area) makes me positively giddy.  Come on to Texas Urban!!!!

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buckeyesean's picture

Could they be considering moving the TCU/OSU game to Jerry World?  Not sure this game as much juice given it is TCU (and not Texas, A&M, etc), and not sure I'd consider playing at Jerry World neutral site for TCU, but i could see this as a pretty easy move of the game.

seafus26's picture

It's a football game in Texas. Doesn't matter what level of football or who's playing, the stadium will be packed for Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday night lights.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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Calgarybuck's picture

Bama in the Georgia dome.  Beat them there and our commits from the south triple! 

SilverBullet-98's picture

Alot of SEC teams tied up already.

Maybe... South Carolina at Baltimore,Md ravens Stadium.

Texas A/M or Arky or Oklahoma at Kansas City or Tenn Titans Stadium.

"The Past Builds the Future"

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Calgarybuck's picture

It's SEC vs an OOC team, Bring Ohio State there, I wish there was a way to make it closer to Ohio but there's already enough buckeye fans within 5 hours of Atlanta to fill that stadium more than a few times.  We go south of Dixie and KO their top team it'll change perception nationally for Ohio State.  You want to be the best than you beat the best! I'm thinking LSU personally which is nice and all but till they beat Bama (1-3) last 4 tries there's no point in playing anyone else from that conference.

bucks_symphony's picture

Alabama would be the ideal neutral site game. I don't think anyone would be opposed to playing a LSU, Georgia, or Auburn. Regardless a Neutral site game with a high ranking SEC team sounds ideal.

brandonbauer87's picture

That will most definitely not happen. The NCAA and Vegas don't get along. 

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bucksfan92's picture

The NCAA has zero to do with site selection for regular season games.  Besides there is an actual university there.  But there is no stadium large enough for and OSU game.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

They could do it at the racetrack-like Va Tech and Tenn are doing in a could of years at Martinsville.  

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Are you trying to create the worst scenario possible?

SilverBullet-98's picture

I think the object is exposure in a recruiting market that doesn't have access to your school and add to  your fanbase by playing these games in recruiting hotbeds.

"The Past Builds the Future"

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Firedup's picture

It's too bad LA doesn't have their new NFL stadium built. I would be fine playing an East coast (ACC or SEC) out west where it truly would be neutral

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Jabba the Hoke's picture

Yeah, but no east coast or southern team will do that because they wouldn't be able to bring enough fans. It would just be a home game for tOSU

FROMTHE18's picture

Indianapolis would probably be the place if OSU gets the bigger say in where its help. Indoors, SEC teams play in Atlanta for most of their neutral site games and they have their conference title game there. I'd expect it to be someone from the ACC, maybe Florida State. 

ITWASME's picture

Doubt it's an SEC team. A PAC 12 team in like Vegas(is there a football stadium?) or Jerry World would be good. Possibly Oregon or UCLA?

Fugelere's picture

The only one I'm aware of is Sam Boyd, UNLV's stadium. 

mr.green's picture

The number of OSU fans at the Cal game makes me long for an SEC team  in the new San Francisco stadium. Neutral site, SEC. How many will you be bringing?

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OH1O State's picture

I'll be happy as long as this game isn't one of those "OSU / FSU set to play at neutral site in 2038" announcements.

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully."

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Ahh Saturday's picture

I live in Chicago and would love to see a neutral site game up here, but I think St Louis might be an ideal location for a B1G-SEC game. St Louis is in an SEC state, but culturally and geographically more Midwest that South.  It's also fairly centrally located, and a transportation hub.  Hard to see either team raising much objection. 

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jhart's picture

Same.  It would be cool to see them play in Soldier Field, but doubt it would happen against a conference opponent (e.g. Northwestern).  Something like that could happen against a smaller team, such as Northern Illinois - like NIU did against Iowa a couple of years ago.

Or maybe they'd play Northwestern in Wrigley, post Wrigley renovations (Ricketts has said he wants the stadium to be able to host football games)?

Who am I kidding...neither will happen.

faux_maestro's picture

We played Northwestern in Cleveland in the early '90's.

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Catfish Biff's picture

Dallas seems to be a popular spot for these...

..Til' we wobble in our shoes!

Mr Soul's picture

Notre Dame ... Soldier Field.

Keep the change, ya filthy animal!

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ELJTSA76's picture

I love to see this. 

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hetuck's picture

The fan in me loves it, but I'm very surprised because of the nine-game conference slate coming. When you make $7M for a home game (in 2014 dollars), I'm very surprised OSU is passing on the dollars. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

JohnnyKozmo's picture

Jerry Jones gets what he wants-you can bet the teams playing there are getting paid handsomely.  i'd have to think he's drooling over the chance at getting Bama-OSU together.  Open up the checkbook Jerry!!!

buckeyedude's picture

I would be shocked if any team from the SEC agreed to play OSU. Too risky. They can talk shit about the "weak B1G," but they sure as hell would'nt do a home and away with OSU. Maybe they'll prove me wrong, but i doubt it.

 

 

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FROMTHE18's picture

Its a 'neutral site' game, not a home and home or as you put it "home and away".

buckeyedude's picture

I think 'home and away' is more accurate, IMO. You play one game at home and then at the other team's place(away).

I just don't understand the concept of a neutral site game in the first place. Really. What is the point? Unless it's a bowl game.

 

 

tennbuckeye19's picture

I'm kind of neutral on this subject...

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Earle's picture

Switzerland?

Italics are for emphasis.

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Jbucks's picture

i think we should have something like the B1G ACC challenge (basketball) and do somthing like that with SEC just for first week or 2 every year or every other year for just a few seasons though all the top teams at Neutral sites while the mid level teams get home and home schedules.
OSU vs. Bama at Jerrys World
scUM vs. AU at RAVENS Stadium
MSU vs. LSU at Titans Stadium
being the 3 main games and just mix it up for 3 years allow the teams to go head to head and then crown the king

Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it-John 1:5 SEC meet Ohio State, Ohio State meet SEC

Jeeves's picture

We already have enough bowl games in sec country. The Pac is our peer conference, we should strengthen our ties with them through more play and leave that dirty south conference to someone else.

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What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

OH PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN IN TEXAS.  Since I live here I don't get much options to see much of anything Buckeye.  I'd also say this state is perfect for the recruiting exposure.  The only problem with Jerryworld or even Reliant in Houston is that we have home and homes against both Texas and TCU in the next 8 years or so.  Makes a lot more sense to do a kickoff classic in Atlanta (against an ACC/Big 12 team, cause screw the SEC teams that won't come north) to continue building up on our southern recruiting.

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Groveport Heisman's picture

Has to be Kentucky or Tennessee in Paul Brown stadium. Please make it happen Urban

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

741's picture

Playing Kentucky is like playing Cincinnati or Toledo. (Yawn.)

Tennessee at least used to be a contender.

airbuckeye's picture

Want to make it a real neutral site and see how fast the SEC runs with even more excuse's on why it would'nt work for them. Try setting it up somewhere in Canada now thats a true neutral site for both teams but the field would be the problem is the only drawl back.

But that way though nither team would have the game in their region so the fans would not be able to say so so had home field advange playing with in their own region. Just thought i would throw that out there even though i know it would never happen.

airbuckeye's picture

Sorry i deleted because it showed up as a double post so over look this one.

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ELJTSA76's picture

The only southern neutral sites I would consider are Nashville at Titans stadium, and Jerry World. Can't think of any others I would schedule. But I'd love to see H&Hs with any of the middle/upper tier SEC and B12 schools. I wouldn't mind just scheduling more of these with the PAC12 either. Of course I see great value in doing these neutral site games in Chicago, NYC, and DC - which I guess is kind of southern. 

Buckeyeneer's picture

Neutral site game in Jerry World! Bring on Florida International! We're not afraid!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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Fugelere's picture

As long as it's not against a SEC team in Atlanta.  I don't see how they get away with calling those "neutral" site games.

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Jeeves's picture

They get away with a ton of crap. That's just another example.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

If this happens next season it means OSU doesn't play its first home game until Week 3. The Bucks play at VT next Labor Day in Week 2 right?

Imagine opening with Bama and VT next year. Wow.

An educated guess. We open with Texas. Charlie Strong vs. Meyer. That would bring ratings. So would A&M.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Groveport Heisman's picture

Wouldnt mind playing Stanford or Baylor in Chicago.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

Ugly Hour Chazz Bear's picture

I hate neutral site games.
1.  It only creates a one year matchup of the teams.
2. For OSU fans near the other school, they don't have a chance to see OSU play if it's neutral site.
3. Why would you not want more games at home for OSU?
4. There is no tradition in neutral site games.  OOooOooOO wow a game at the Dallas Cowboys stadium.  Awesome.  We get to see the bands play a few songs...  Much better for home and homes where you get to see all of the traditions for both teams.
5.  Goes with the above sorta, but there is a major lack of atmosphere for those games.
Screw neutral site games.

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TheYoReport's picture

+1 points for you

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Jack Burton's picture

My guess is the game in question will take place in 2017. Oklahoma (Home) and North Caroina (Road) are the other scheduled OOC games at this point. Adding a neutral site game against an SEC or Pac 12 team to that schedule would make it one of the toughest in the country.

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buckeyedude's picture

Why play on a neutral site anyway? WTF is the point?

Why not Bama vs. OSU in Hong Kong?

 

 

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Groveport Heisman's picture

Well Penn st is playing UCF in Ireland this year ,you know?

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

741's picture

LSU at Dallas would be pretty dope. I'd go.

(I'd obviously rather have a home-and-home series with them, or Alabama, or Florida; or USC, Texas, or Notre Dame again.)

JOhio1560's picture

I'd love a matchup versus Southern Cal in Chicago.  Though any SEC team in St. Louis would also be great.

"You Win With People" - Woody Hayes

Phoenix22's picture

What's the rationale behind a neutral site game?  Ohio Stadium seats more fans than any pro stadium so a neutral site game would cost money.  

Secondly, the atmosphere is much more sterile in a pro environment than a college environment.  

Can athletic departments really not budget for one home game every other year as opposed to a neutral site game every year?

TeeJayKay614's picture

I think the only current top tier teams we haven't faced in the last decade would be Bama, Stanford, Auburn, Florida State, and Texas AM 

Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas already on the schedule for future years. 

My vote is for Florida State or Stanford in Dallas 

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MauricXe's picture

I would love to play the Longhorns again.

or maybe LSU.

Rural Meyer's picture

While I have no "insider info" I really think it's Louisville in cincy. Both teams have been trying to add each other but neither wanted to play on the road.

1stYrBuckIClub's picture

I don't see why on earth we would ever schedule a neutral site game. A. We don't need to (we already get a ton of media exposure without them). B. The city of Columbus gets cheated out of the economic impact of having a home game (yes, our athletic department will get paid some, but not the amount a sold out 'premium' game in the 'Shoe makes), given the influx of money for merchants, restaurants, hotels, parking, etc. C. I'm not worried about the atmosphere (anyone see the Cal game?) because we travel well, but would you want a one-off game that if lost would have no opportunity for redemption as we would w/ a home-and-home?

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Neutral site games give even revenue splits I believe and it counts as a road game. To recap:

1. Football is about money 

2. Home games make money

3. Road games make no money

4. Neutral site games generate some money, but count as road games allowing more home games. 

5. Football is about money. 

Read my entire screen name....

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Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

Aaaaaand this is where we shall play the SEC team of choice in 20 something!!

Jabba1977's picture

I cannot wait for this to happen!! I hope it is a SEC team!!!

SECHATER77

GoBucksOSU's picture

Just as long as it's a big time opponent I don't care if it's a neutral site. Hopefully an SEC team.

buckskin's picture

Not a fan of neutral site games at all;  these games lose the collegiate feel and are more like NFL games.  When two big time college teams meet, the collegiate atmosphere and spirit give us the sense that this is what football is all about.  These big time games NEED to stay on campus.  Right now I want Bama; home and home.  Urban vs. Nick.  Everyone down south saying Urban is scared of Nick.  Let's find out whose better.  Others who I would love to see would be LSU, FSU, Auburn, USC, Texas A&M, and Stanford. 

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SHAWNEE_FOREST_BUCKEYE's picture

"I'm not sure I'd play them in a neutral-site game," Smith said, preferring a home-and-home. "Come to me baby, then let me come to you." -Gene Smith on Alabama and preferring  home and home more than neutral site games.

OSU wont play two games away from Ohio Stadium in the OOC schedule. The nearest year that OSU has a non away game in OOC is 2019 (TCU and UC). I don't see it happening but if it does it will be a long time from now.

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mfoster's picture

How about an eSECpn team on the West Coast??

*Buckeye 4 ever*

BuckeyeRealist13's picture

I was racking my head trying to think of realistic places for OSU to play. I feel like this game isn't going to be as big as some people are thinking. Maybe Kentucky / OSU in Cincinnati? I could definitely see that or maybe back to Cleveland Browns stadium. Either way I think it is going to be a game along the lines of OSU / NAVY in M&T Bank stadium. 

I've spent time in the South, I don't care what anybody says they don't have the passion for football that us Ohioans have. 

Misplaced Buckeye's picture

Are they only considering this because playing at a neutral site is the only way coax an SEC opponent to play someone outside their conference? Are SEC teams are too afraid to play a home and home series with us where they would have to eventually play in The Shoe? Now we all know it's never a fair football game against an SEC opponent unless the game is played in their back yard in a stadium packed with their own fans... #FEARTHESHOE

MAKING THE GREAT STATE OF OHIO PROUD

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