Ohio State Has An Open OOC Game in 2022 And Two in 2023: Who Would You Like To See The Buckeyes Play?

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Bucks2K18's picture

Auburn and/or Florida State. We haven't beaten either of those two yet, and I'd prefer to beat Clemson in the playoffs if we're ever given the chance

That's a Buckeye touchdown!

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Netbuck's picture

Kentucky. 2 wins vs "SEC" and show Ohio kids better to stay in the B1G/Cincinnati/MAC than go there!

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Buckontheriver's picture

Kentucky or West Virginia would fun ...

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B1Gbuckeye's picture

I want them to play an acc team like Florida state. Gene will probably schedule an aac opponent such as temple or SMU.

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BuckeyeBulldog's picture

A home/home with FSU or Miami would be cool. Not a super tough game but still high profile programs.

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cdub4's picture

ASU would be interesting. They seem like a program on the rise. Lots of talent out there too.

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EZE's picture

As a Buckeye fan in Phoenix and an ASU alum this is my vote as well. There are more Buckeye stickers than Sun Devil stickers on cars down here as well. Would love to see Sun Devil stadium filled with Scarlet & Grey for a "home" game!

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Stellar's picture

Who would I like to see us play? Alabama. Clemson. Georgia. LSU. Texas. Florida State. Miami. Auburn. Florida. Oklahoma. USC. Stanford. Etc...

But to be honest I don't think it's in OSUs best interest to play 2 high major out of conference teams in the same season. Notre Dame is enough for one season. The risk is greater than the reward in terms of making the playoffs. It's probably in the Buckeyes best interest to fill that slot with a mid major or a lower tier power 5 team that they are very likely to beat like an Arizona, NC State or Iowa State type of team. It seems that to the playoff selection committee your overall record is the first criteria and then who you played is second. We are much better off besting a second or their tier team than losing to a first tier team. There's a reason they adjusted the schedule so OSU doesn't have to play both Notre Dame and Texas out of conference in the same season.

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

Why schedule difficult teams? Just play two MAC teams, since challenging oneself is punished.

Tom Brady lost to John Cooper. Never forget.

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Browns88's picture

Eastern Tennessee Community College

Browns88

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Mad4527's picture

Eastern Tennessee CC??!! That's dangerous. I was thinking more along the lines of Western Vermont.

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earthpig's picture

It's always hard to tell, but based on what I'm seeing-get a high level FCS team in..  Charlotte, New Mexico State etc.. With the B1G schedule being fairly brutal we need some tune up games that will count as Ws toward CFP qualification..  As a I fan I'd love to see a Texas, Texas A&M, Tennessee, etc..  But with 9 conference games-one major P5 school is enough..

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TSwerve's picture

BIG ten cannot schedule FCS opponents if I remember correctly

“It does not matter the size of the man, rather the amount of effort the man is willing to put forth” - Woody

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earthpig's picture

Under current rules you can get an exception.  With a new commissioner coming in- the AD's need to push to get that changed.  I'd alos like to see the B1G go back to 8 conference games.  There is enough data to show that the committee doesn't care about how many conference game you play.

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

It's always hard to tell, but based on what I'm seeing-get a high level FCS team in..  Charlotte, New Mexico State etc..

I live near Las Cruces, Earthpig, so just for the record: NMSU is FBS, and Ohio State already played them on Halloween of 2009. I attended that game.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Charlotte is also FBS--it's a member of Conference USA.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

I don't live near Charlotte, so I'm glad you filled in for me.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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mr.green's picture

Play it safe but not wimpy.  All at home. Buffalo. BG, Akron, directional m*chigan. Auburn. 

Getting some $ to Alabama-Birmingham would be nice. They are rebuilding a program that was wrongly killed and Bama  refuses to play them. 

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BuckeyeFan150's picture

UK/WVU/Pitt/Tennessee/Boston College/South Carolina 

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allinosu's picture

UCONN, Louisville, Central Michigan, Rice, Tulsa, New Mexico, etc. Getting home games is the way.

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RollRedRoll's picture

I thought the goal was to get 7 home games every year, why are we only playing 6 at home in 2023 and 2025? Didn’t they say on years when we only had 4 Big Ten home games that all OOC games would be home games? 

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Ohio State booked Notre Dame for a home-and-away series in 2014, a year before the B1G decided to go to nine conference games with the rotating 5/4 home games schedule. As it turns out, the 2023 away game at South Bend will be played in a year when we'll only have four home conference games. Hence, the maximum home games we can have in 2023 is six, which is why I believe a) we'll schedule a third G5 team to get an 8th home game in 2022, and b) schedule home games against two G5 teams to fill out 2023's schedule. That will give us 14 home games over those two years.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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Chargerbuck's picture

Tennessee, Ky or West Virginia...

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Washington State just so we can get Mike Leach soundbites before and after the game.

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NorthBerg's picture

Home and homes with Pitt because of history and Georgia Tech so as to keep our recruiting foot in the door within the Peach State.

Too much time spent at the North Heidelberg rather than the classroom. SSD 68-72

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NHBuckeye's picture

Well if we are talking about teams that are not in our league, how about Michigan?   

Kidding.  (Not really).   

I don’t think it will be a P5 top team with the schedule we already have.  Maybe a Houston or a Boston College.  Someone like that.  Not a cupcake but not a super strong team either.  

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

I'd like to see the Bucks play teams they haven't seen before. Two from the SEC remain: Mississippi State and Ol' Miss.

https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2017/08/84176/which-programs-has-ohio-state-never-faced

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dgrimm_6's picture

I would like to see us play LSU. Some people would think that playing 2 high profile OOC games isn't worth the risk of losing but imagine how much excitement we would have building up to that season. Plus when we beat them we can rub it in all those SEC fans faces.

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

LSU is at the top of my list along with Clemson. F both those teams.

(In-laws from Louisiana, lived in NOLA and went to the Sugar Bowl NC game 07/08)

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Brutus Buckeye's picture

They already have a Marquee opponent in Notre Dame. So W Virginia, Kentucky, Pitt, etc would be fine. 

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Brutus Buckeye's picture

P5 schools that OSU has never faced: 

Kansas, Iowa State, Ole Miss, Mississippi St, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. 

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iowabuckeyes's picture

It would absolutely rock Cyclone fans' world to do a home-and-away with Ohio State, even though Matt Campbell's likely to have moved on by then. Jack Trice Stadium is the third largest stadium in the Big XII. Outside of conference games, they're not used to hosting blue bloods like Ohio State.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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KBonay's picture

While all these guesses are great, with Notre Dame being the key matchup, I'd guess they will fill the remainder with Ohio teams to help fund those programs.  Playing Ohio State in Columbus is a huge payday.  And as a State school, we almost owe it to keep the money here for other programs in Ohio. 

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BuckIDave's picture

Although a P5 school is my preference (SEC, Clemson, or FSU), I think Houston would be interesting with Dana Holgersen's offense.

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2morrow's picture

Based on the way the playoff committee seems to count strength of schedule, I say we try and schedule Mount Union or Capital.

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mittenst8buck's picture

Beat me to it...I was gonna say The Citadel since it works for Alabama and the rest SEC one week a year.

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cecsix's picture

UGA, Vandy, Bama, Ga Tech, Clemson, Auburn or Tennessee. I live in Atlanta and could easily travel to these away games.

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DonTurner's picture

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

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energyprodes's picture

If we are going to play another so called marquee occ game, then we should try to play a team that helps to highlight our recruiting efforts. Since Ohio State doesn’t need any brand recognition or name for that fact, let’s play a team that helps our recruiting efforts. So, let’s add a home and home with a west coast team. USC, UCLA, CAL, even UNLV could get more recruits exposed to us. We all know about Texas and Florida, so again maybe UCF or South Florida. All games that will have a degree of challenge to them, national significance when considering making arguments about strength of schedule, but also shows prospective recruits about OSU. Not only how great and rich our tradition is, but how well our fan base travels, the knowledge that if they came to Ohio State, there would be a chance that you might get to play in front of the hometown fans once or twice possibly making it easier to leave the south. Again, having some level of difficulty isn’t a bad thing either.  

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CedarBuck92's picture

Whats the High School across the parking lot from the Big House? Lets play them

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BABuckeye's picture

Well, ttun includes wins over high schools in their win totals, so it seems to be ok. 

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FutureIsBright's picture

What’s an OCC game?  Ohio  capital conference?

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Nice guess. Since you're obviously not a regular poster, I'll indulge you: OOC = out of conference.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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FutureIsBright's picture

IB - thanks for helping out but I know OOC means out of conference. The title says OCC and I knew it was a mistake and my post was a lame attempt at humor. I’ll go back to being a daily lurker. 

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Ha! My bad—I didn’t even catch all the OCCs in my original post.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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Chargerbuck's picture

Alabama, on December 3rd in Columbus

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BABuckeye's picture

Oberlin! It’s appropriate, since they’re last Ohio team to beat Ohio State —back in 1921. 

And the Buckeyes should play Oberlin the weekend before the ttun game. Good choice too because Citadel is booked with Bama through the century.

Plus, the B1G can be politically and socially correct if Oberlin has players “contributors” who don’t identify with any gender. Gus Johnson would be awesome with the different pronouns  

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buckzilla1's picture

Alabama, Clemson and Texas A&M. 

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OSU_Alum06's picture

Two separate conversations. Who should they schedule and who would be most fun / enjoyable to schedule ?

OSU Fan & Alum living in SEC Country

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Shep1364's picture

It would be cool to throw a bone at Hawaii and play them at their place; especially since they came to OSU to play. I would also like to see Texas A&M vs Ohio State again a la 1999 Sugar Bowl rematch (haven't played again since). And not to mention we have an all-time record of 4-0 against them and I would love to beat Jimbo Fischer.

"If we worked half as hard as our band, we'd be champions" -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Anyone else remember Michigan playing at Hawaii in their 1998 regular season finale, which was after they’d lost to Ohio State (one of John Cooper’s two wins)?

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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