After a two-year break, Ohio State is returning to its strategy of taking on one elite opponent (via a home-and-home setup) to complement two lower-tier matchups for the non-conference lineup.
We originally had TCU scheduled as a home and home the last 2 seasons, and they have generally been a strong program. I don't know that OSU changed strategies as much as 1.) TCU changed it from a home and home to a 1 year game at a "neutral" site and 2.) TCU happened to be down when we played them.