Ohio State faces yet another loaded schedule.
As has become custom since head coach Kevin McGuff's arrival, Ohio State will once again play a loaded non-conference slate before beginning the grind of Big Ten play. This year's lineup includes perennial powers UConn, Stanford and Louisville, all of which finished in the top-7 of last year's final coaches poll.
Those three teams in particular are becoming familiar foes for Ohio State, as this is the fourth time since 2015 the Buckeyes have met UConn, the third time since 2017 they've faced Stanford (not including a canceled meeting last season), and the second time since 2017 they've met Louisville.
These three non-conference games come in addition to an also-grueling Big Ten slate as Ohio State's full 2019-20 schedule was officially announced on Friday.
The Buckeyes will also face Maryland twice – once at home and once on the road – and Iowa once, giving Ohio State six games against teams finishing in the top-11 of last season's final coaches poll.
Unlike last year's squad, which relied heavily on graduate transfers, this Buckeye team will be young – but talented. Ohio State welcomes the No. 3 recruiting class in the country which features four five-star, top-50 players and a top international prospect.