Ohio State’s Big Ten football schedule for the 2022 season has a new look.
Buckeye Nation, the @bigten has announced changes to the 2022 football season.— Gene Smith (@OSU_AD) January 12, 2022
Updates to @OhioStateFB schedule for next season can be found at …https://t.co/OWewG0k2jN #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/xHchvAz5vT
As a part of conference-wide schedule changes announced by the Big Ten on Wednesday to account for alterations made during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the dates for six of Ohio State’s nine conference games have been adjusted, including road trips to Penn State and Michigan State and home games against Wisconsin and Iowa.
Ohio State’s Big Ten opener for the 2022 season will now be a home game against Wisconsin on Sept. 24, when the Buckeyes were previously scheduled to begin conference play with a road game at Michigan State. The Buckeyes’ second game of conference play will be a home game against Rutgers on Oct. 1, when Ohio State was previously scheduled to play Penn State on the road.
Ohio State’s road trip to Michigan State – which will now be its first road game of the season – is set for Oct. 8. Ohio State’s off week is now scheduled for Oct. 15, when the Buckeyes were previously set to host Iowa, who they will now play on Oct. 22 (which was previously the Buckeyes’ bye week), giving the Buckeyes a bye week at the exact halfway point of the regular season for the second year in a row.
The Buckeyes’ trip to Happy Valley is now set for Oct. 29 – making it the third straight year Ohio State will play Penn State on the final weekend of October – while its home game against Indiana, which was previously scheduled for Oct. 29, will now be played on Nov. 12.
The scheduled dates for Ohio State’s road games at Northwestern (Nov. 5) and Maryland (Nov. 19) and home game against Michigan (Nov. 26) remain unchanged. Ohio State’s non-conference schedule also remains unchanged, so the Buckeyes will still begin their season by hosting Notre Dame (Sept. 3), Arkansas State (Sept. 10) and Toledo (Sept. 17) in their first three games of the year.
In a year where the Buckeyes were already scheduled to play eight home games – one more than usual, as they’ll play six road games in 2023 – Ohio State will now begin the year by playing five consecutive home games.
Ohio State’s full updated schedule for the 2022 regular season:
|SAT, SEP. 3||NOTRE DAME||NOTRE DAME|
|SAT, SEP. 10||ARKANSAS STATE||ARKANSAS STATE|
|SAT, SEP. 17||TOLEDO||TOLEDO|
|SAT, SEP. 24||WISCONSIN||at MICHIGAN STATE|
|SAT, OCT. 1||RUTGERS||at PENN STATE|
|SAT, OCT. 8||at MICHIGAN STATE||RUTGERS|
|SAT, OCT. 15||OFF||IOWA|
|SAT, OCT. 22||IOWA||OFF|
|SAT, OCT. 29||at PENN STATE||INDIANA|
|SAT, NOV. 5||at NORTHWESTERN||at NORTHWESTERN|
|SAT. NOV. 12||INDIANA||WISCONSIN|
|SAT, NOV. 19||at MARYLAND||at MARYLAND|
|SAT, NOV. 26||MICHIGAN||MICHIGAN|
Conference games that are scheduled to be played on Saturday could still be moved to Thursday or Friday at the Big Ten’s discretion, according to Wednesday’s announcement from the conference.
While the Big Ten previously announced its football schedules through the 2025 season, the conference also plans to modify those schedules.