An Ohio State return trip to Jerry World is officially on the horizon and the Buckeyes are also in line to play a member of last season's College Football Playoff in the future.
The Buckeyes are set to return to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to face TCU on Sept. 15, 2018, as part of an adjustment to an agreement between the two schools. Both programs are slated to receive $5 million from the Dallas Cowboys as part of the accord.
The home-and-home series between Ohio State and the Horned Frogs in 2018 and 2019 is no more. The matchup at the location Ohio State won the 2014 national title is the lone meeting between the two.
“The Cowboys approached TCU probably a year ago and wanted to move their home game to Jerry World,” Martin Jarmond, Ohio State's Deputy Athletic Director, Gene Smith's right-hand man and football scheduling guru said on Thursday at the Fawcett Center. “At the time they approached us and we weren't interested. They came back again and came back again and finally, we entertained it because TCU, mutually we agreed to go there. And they were going to pay us to go there.”
Other factors that play into future scheduling are recruiting, if the Buckeyes have players from a state on the team and if there are Ohio State fans that live close by and can attend without much hassle. Also, Jarmond wants to balance Power 5 and Group of 5 opponents in the nonconference.
“We played Cal, we had so many Buckeyes in the stadium,” Jarmond said. “That's one of the reasons we did TCU in the first place because we had so many Buckeyes there because we want to have a crowd that can help us win the game.”
Jarmond also announced a home-and-home series between Ohio State and the Washington Huskies on Sept. 7, 2024 and Sept. 13, 2025. Led by Chris Peterson, the Huskies earned the No. 4 seed in the 2016 College Football Playoff, a factor Jarmond said he keys on significantly when looking at things for the future.
“You always have to project out, are they going to be where they are?” Jarmond said. “I knew Chris Peterson was there, knew he was probably going to keep it rolling ... but you look at it and you say, 'Gene, this makes sense to me.'”
As a result, Ohio State's series with Boston College has been pushed to the 2026 and 2027 seasons. Originally scheduled for 2023 and 2024, Jarmond, who takes over as Boston College's athletic director in June, said the reason is because of Notre Dame's presence on the schedule in 2022 and 2023.
Jarmond confirmed a report from Kevin Kelley of fbschedules.com in March that Ohio State will yet again host the Bowling Green State Falcons in 2020. That game is scheduled for Sept. 5. The Buckeyes also added home games against Tulsa on Sept. 18, 2021 and Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 21, 2019.
The news completes the football team's schedules through the 2019 season. You can view all of Ohio State's future schedules as they stand Thursday here.
For Jarmond, it is a balancing act that involves the trajectory of a certain program, relationships with the athletic directors at those schools, Ohio State's Big Ten slate for that year and putting enough meat on the schedule to help put the Buckeyes in a position to make the College Football Playoff. Also, his white board.
“You want to get to the Playoff but at the end of the day you have to do what is best for Ohio State,” Jarmond said. “I do this for two reasons: To win the Big Ten and to get into the [Final] Four at the end of the year.”
Ohio State also said a Big Ten representative announced game times and television networks should be known by May 31 for the first three weeks of the upcoming season plus homecoming.
Below are Ohio State's football schedules for the next three season, which are all now complete:
|THU 08/31/17||TBA||INDIANA||Memorial Stadium (Bloomington, Ind.)||TBA||–|
|SAT 09/09/17||TBA||OKLAHOMA||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 09/16/17||TBA||ARMY||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 09/23/17||TBA||UNLV||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 09/30/17||TBA||RUTGERS||High Point Solutions Stadium (Piscataway, NJ)||TBA||–|
|SAT 10/07/17||TBA||MARYLAND||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 10/14/17||TBA||NEBRASKA||Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)||TBA||–|
|SAT 10/28/17||TBA||PENN STATE||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 11/04/17||TBA||IOWA||Kinnick Stadium (Iowa City, Iowa)||TBA||–|
|SAT 11/11/17||TBA||MICHIGAN STATE||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 11/18/17||TBA||ILLINOIS||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 11/25/17||TBA||MICHIGAN||Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich.)||TBA||–|
|SAT 12/02/17||TBA||BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP||Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Ind.)||TBA||–|
|SAT 09/01/18||TBA||OREGON STATE||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 09/08/18||TBA||RUTGERS||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 09/15/18||TBA||TCU||AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)||TBA||–|
|SAT 09/22/18||TBA||TULANE||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 09/29/18||TBA||PENN STATE||Beaver Stadium (State College, PA)||TBA||–|
|SAT 10/06/18||TBA||INDIANA||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 10/13/18||TBA||MINNESOTA||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 10/20/18||TBA||PURDUE||Ross-Ade Stadium (West Lafayette, IN)||TBA||–|
|SAT 11/03/18||TBA||NEBRASKA||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 11/10/18||TBA||MICHIGAN STATE||Spartan Stadium (East Lansing, MI)||TBA||–|
|SAT 11/17/18||TBA||MARYLAND||Byrd Stadium (College Park, MD)||TBA||–|
|SAT 11/24/18||TBA||MICHIGAN||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 12/01/18||TBA||BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP||Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Ind.)||TBA||–|
|SAT 08/31/19||TBA||FLORIDA ATLANTIC||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 09/07/19||TBA||CINCINNATI||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 09/14/19||TBA||INDIANA||Memorial Stadium (Bloomington, IN)||TBA||–|
|SAT 09/21/19||TBA||MIAMI (OHIO)||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 09/28/19||TBA||NEBRASKA||Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, NE)||TBA||–|
|SAT 10/05/19||TBA||MICHIGAN STATE||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 10/19/19||TBA||NORTHWESTERN||Ryan Field (Evanston, IL)||TBA||–|
|SAT 10/26/19||TBA||WISCONSIN||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 11/09/19||TBA||MARYLAND||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 11/16/19||TBA||RUTGERS||High Point Solutions Stadium (Piscataway, NJ)||TBA||–|
|SAT 11/23/19||TBA||PENN STATE||Ohio Stadium (Columbus)||TBA||–|
|SAT 11/30/19||TBA||MICHIGAN||Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich.)||TBA||–|
|SAT 12/07/19||TBA||BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP||Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Ind.)||TBA||–|