Tulsa to tangle with Ohio State in 2016

Tulsa to tangle with Ohio State in 2016

Published Aug. 16, 2012 10:21 p.m. ET

The Ohio State Buckeyes will be playing a second team from Oklahoma during their 2016 nonconference schedule.

Tulsa will be visiting Ohio Stadium to play the Buckeyes.

Ohio State already has a game at Oklahoma set for Sept. 17, 2016. Although Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith was unsure of the date assigned for the Tulsa game, it will most likely come the week before or after the Buckeyes' trip to Norman, Okla.

Smith also confirmed that the one-year contract with Tulsa would pay the Golden Hurricane $1.03 million to come to Columbus.


The game was originally reported by The Tulsa World. The Golden Hurricane were scheduled to play at Oklahoma State in 2016 but pushed that game back a year to come to Ohio Stadium.

Athletic director Ross Parmley also confirmed three upcoming home-and-home series for Tulsa - against Colorado State starting next year at home, against New Mexico starting in 2015 on the road and against Toledo starting in 2016 at home.

In addition to already scheduled games with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Fresno State and Bowling Green, the Golden Hurricane schedules for next few years are taking shape.

Tulsa is scheduled to play road games at Oklahoma and Bowling Green and home games against Iowa State and Colorado State in 2013. The following year, the Sooners pay a visit to H.A. Chapman Stadium and Tulsa plays at Colorado State.

The 2015 schedule features games at New Mexico and Oklahoma, with 2016 holding games at Ohio State and Fresno State and the home game against Toledo.

In 2017, the Golden Hurricane will go on the road to Fresno State - a return trip for this fall's game in Tulsa - and also play at Oklahoma State and host New Mexico.

''We feel that our future schedules are shaping up to be attractive for our fans and competitive for our football team,'' Parmley said. ''(Coach) Bill (Blankenship) and I agreed that the Ohio State game is a great opportunity for our team and fans to play at one of the most prestigious programs in college football history.

''Naturally, we would like to keep Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in our scheduling plans as well, especially with return trips to H.A. Chapman Stadium.''

In recent years, Tulsa has played a difficult schedule with games against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Boise State among the featured opponents. All four of the Golden Hurricane's regular-season losses last year came to top 10 opponents.

Tulsa also won at Notre Dame two years ago.