COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University has added home football games at Ohio Stadium with Pac 12 Conference member Oregon State University and Mountain West Conference school UNLV. The Buckeyes and the Beavers will meet in the 2018 season opener on Sept. 1. The Buckeyes will play UNLV on Sept. 23, 2017.
The addition of Oregon State to the 2018 schedule is significant in the fact that Ohio State will now play its first three games that year vs. teams from the "big five" conferences (Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Pac 12):
– Sept. 1 vs. Oregon State;
– Sept. 8 vs. Rutgers; and
– Sept. 15 at TCU.
Right now 11 of the 12 regular season games in 2018 are against "big five" conference teams with one game — Sept. 22 — still to be scheduled.
Ohio State and Oregon State have met twice before on the gridiron with both games at Ohio Stadium. On Sept. 21, 1974 Ohio State won 51-10, and in 1984 the Buckeyes won, 22-14 in the season opener on Sept. 8. Ohio State and UNLV will be meeting for the first time.
The Oregon State and UNLV games were added to the schedule when Ohio State and the University of North Carolina agreed to cancel their two-game series that had been set for those years. Both schools agreed to the cancellation after conference realignment and the addition of a ninth game in the Big Ten Conference, starting in 2016, altered the football landscape.
B1G shifts to nine-game schedule in 2016
The 2016 football season will kick off the Big Ten’s nine-game conference scheduling format. With it comes not only a reduction in the number of non-conference games (and opportunities for non-conference home games), but an emphasis by Ohio State administrators to seek not only great sets of home and home series games, but also attractive non-conference games in Ohio Stadium. Oregon State certainly adds clout to the mix of non-conference opponents coming into Columbus in the foreseeable future. The list of these games includes Cincinnati in 2014 and again 2019 and Tulsa in 2016.
Boston College games moved
Ohio State and Boston College have agreed to move their two-game series from 2020 and 2021 to 2023 and 2024, respectively. The two teams will meet on Sept. 9, 2023 in Columbus and the following year on Labor Day, Sept. 2, at Chestnut Hill, Mass.
2014 Ohio State Football Schedule
Aug. 30 — vs. Navy (at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium)