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Slew of Ohio State schedule news, including game vs. TCU at Jerry World and home-and-home with Washington

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Slew of Ohio State schedule news, including game vs. TCU at Jerry World and home-and-home with Washington

Ohio State announced a whole bunch of news regarding its future football schedules Thursday.

A previously scheduled home-and-home series between the Buckeyes and the TCU Horned Frogs has been sliced down to just one game in 2018, but that game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 15, 2018. That's the same place where Ohio State won the College Football Playoff national championship game in January 2015.

Replacing the axed 2019 meeting with TCU is a home game against Miami (Ohio) at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

Ohio State also announced a home-and-home series with Washington, with those games to be played Sept. 7, 2024, and Sept. 13, 2025. The first of those matchups will be played in Seattle and the second in Columbus. Both programs played in last season's College Football Playoff, Ohio State losing to eventual champion Clemson and Washington losing to eventual runner-up Alabama.

Additionally, Ohio State moved previously scheduled games against Boston College from the 2023 and 2024 seasons to 2026 and 2027. The Buckeyes will play in Columbus on Sept. 19, 2026, and travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Sept. 18, 2027.

Also, Ohio State announced non-conference home games against Bowling Green (Sept. 5, 2020) and Tulsa (Sept. 18, 2021).

As is often the case with Urban Meyer's program, big-time matchups against major non-conference opponents are in ample supply in the coming seasons. Ohio State will take on Oklahoma this fall, TCU in 2018 and 2019, Oregon in 2020 and 2021 and both Notre Dame and Texas in 2022 and 2023. Other Power Five conference teams Oregon State and Boston College also appear on the Buckeyes' future schedules.

Non-conference scheduling has become extra important in the College Football Playoff era, with strength of schedule during non-conference play sometimes being the determining factor between two teams vying for a Playoff berth. And with the Big Ten recently shrinking teams' non-conference schedules down to three games, these games hold even more weight.

Big Ten to play conference-only NCAA football schedule 'if able'

Big Ten to play conference-only NCAA football schedule 'if able'

The Big Ten announced on Thursday that they will not play any non-conference games this fall, if they’re able to play at all.

The move comes after the Ivy League cancelled all fall sports earlier in the week.

In the statement the Big Ten said, “By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic.

“In addition, the Conference announced that summer athletic activities will continue to be voluntary in all sports currently permitted to engage in such activities. Furthermore, Big Ten student-athletes who choose not to participate in intercollegiate athletics at any time during the summer and/or the 2020-21 academic year due to concerns about COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarship honored by their institution and will remain in good standing with their team.”

The Big Ten also said they’re prepared to cancel their fall sports entirely, if needed to ensure the health and safety of student-athletes.

This all leads to more questions as to how the Big Ten schedule will ultimately take shape. For instance, the first three games on the University of Illinois’s schedule are all non-conference games. Will more in-conference games be scheduled to replace them, or will the Fighting Illini simply begin their season on Oct. 3 with their first conference game against Rutgers?

All of that remains to be seen, as the conference said more details regarding the conference-only schedule will be released later.


RELATED: Northwestern football will not host Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field

Northwestern football will not host Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field

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Northwestern football will not host Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field

Northwestern football will no longer host their game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field. The university announced the decision on Wednesday.

The Wildcats were supposed to play the Badgers at the Friendly Confines on Nov. 7. Although the university didn’t officially announce it, team's website says the game will be played at Ryan Field.

“This is a disappointing conclusion to reach, but absolutely the right one in our current environment,” said Jim Phillips, Northwestern’s Combe Family Vice President for Athletics and Recreation. “The uncertainty of football and baseball schedules, and the possibility of limited attendance, made this an easy choice to make for our student-athletes and fans.

“We’re grateful for our outstanding partners from the Cubs, and look forward to bringing the passion and pageantry of college football gameday to the city’s north side when we can do so safely and securely with a packed house.”

Northwestern initially brought college football back to Wrigley in 2010. Previously the last college football game at Wrigley was played in 1938. Since then, Northwestern has hosted both lacrosse and baseball games at Clark and Addison.

The university is still on track to kick off their season on Sept. 5 at Michigan State.

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