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Big Ten Announces Ohio State’s Home And Away Conference Opponents Through 2028

By October 5, 2023 (12:31 pm)Football

The Big Ten on Thursday announced each team’s home and away opponents through the 2028-29 football season, an updated schedule accounting for the upcoming additions of Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington to the conference.

Beginning in 2024, Ohio State will host Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska and Purdue while traveling to Michigan State, Northwestern, Oregon and Penn State. It will be the first time since 1967 (and just the second time overall) that the Buckeyes have played the Ducks in Eugene, Ore.

The schedule is part of the Big Ten’s “Flex Protect XVIII Model,” which maintains a nine-game conference schedule with every team in the conference playing each other at least twice in a five-year period. The model also has protected rivalries, including Ohio State-Michigan, Illinois-Northwestern, Illinois-Purdue, Indiana-Purdue, Iowa-Minnesota, Iowa-Nebraska, Iowa-Wisconsin, Maryland-Rutgers, Michigan-Michigan State, Minnesota-Wisconsin, Oregon-Washington and UCLA-USC.

Ohio State had already announced three non-conference games for next season, including Southern Mississippi (Aug. 31), Western Michigan (Sept. 7) and Marshall (Sept. 21). Dates for the conference games are expected to be announced later this season. This will also be the first season where the Big Ten Championship Game will be played between the conference’s top two teams in the overall standings.

Aug. 31AkronColumbus3:30CBS
Sept. 7Western MichiganColumbus7:30BTN
Sept. 14OffN/AN/AN/A
Sept. 21MarshallColumbusTBATBA
Sept. 28at Michigan StateEast Lansing, Mich.TBATBA
Oct. 5IowaColumbusTBATBA
Oct. 12at OregonEugene, Ore.TBATBA
Oct. 19OffN/AN/AN/A
Oct. 26NebraskaColumbusTBATBA
Nov. 2at Penn StateState College, Pa.TBATBA
Nov. 9PurdueColumbusTBATBA
Nov. 16at NorthwesternChicago, Ill.TBATBA
Nov. 23IndianaColumbusTBATBA
Nov. 30MichiganColumbusNoonFOX

In 2025, Ohio State will host Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers and UCLA while traveling to Illinois, Michigan, Purdue, Washington and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes will also host Texas on Aug. 30, Ohio on Sept. 13 and UConn on Oct 18. It will be the first time the Bruins have played at Ohio Stadium since 1999, and the first trip for the Buckeyes to Seattle since 2007.

Aug. 30TexasColumbusTBATBA
Sept. 13OhioColumbusTBATBA
Oct. 18ConnecticutColumbusTBATBA
TBAPenn StateColumbusTBATBA
TBAat IllinoisChampaign, Ill.TBATBA
TBAat MichiganAnn Arbor, Mich.TBATBA
TBAat PurdueWest Lafayette, Ind.TBATBA
TBAat WashingtonSeattle, Wash.TBATBA
TBAat WisconsinMadison, Wisc.TBATBA

In 2026, the Buckeyes will host Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern and Oregon while traveling to face Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska and USC. The Buckeyes won their last game against the Trojans – a 24-7 win in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29, 2017 – but have lost their last four regular-season games to USC. In the non-conference, Ohio State will host Ball State (Sept. 5) and Kent State (Sept. 19), with a road trip at Texas scheduled for Sept. 12.

Sept. 5Ball StateColumbusTBATBA
Sept. 12at TexasAustin, TexasTBATBA
Sept. 19Kent StateColumbusTBATBA
TBAat IndianaBloomington, Ind.TBATBA
TBAat IowaIowa City, IowaTBATBA
TBAat NebraskaLincoln, Neb.TBATBA
TBAat USCLos Angeles, Calif.TBATBA

In 2027, Ohio State will host Michigan State, Purdue, Nebraska and USC will hitting the road for five games at Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Oregon and Rutgers. The non-conference includes home contests against Bowling Green (Sept. 4), New Hampshire (Sept. 11) and Alabama (Sept. 18).

Sept. 4Bowling GreenColumbusTBATBA
Sept. 11New HampshireColumbusTBATBA
Sept. 18AlabamaColumbusTBATBA
TBAMichigan StateColumbusTBATBA
TBAat MichiganAnn Arbor, Mich.TBATBA
TBAat MinnesotaMinneapolis, Minn.TBATBA
TBAat NorthwesternEvanston, Ill.TBATBA
TBAat OregonEugene, Ore.TBATBA
TBAat RutgersPiscataway, N.J.TBATBA

In 2028, the Buckeyes will host Michigan, Minnesota, Rutgers, Washington and Wisconsin while traveling to play Illinois, Maryland, Penn State and UCLA. The non-conference includes home games against Buffalo (Sept. 2) and Northern Illinois (Sept. 16) as well as a road trip to Alabama on Sept. 9.

Sept. 2BuffaloColumbusTBATBA
Sept. 9at AlabamaTuscaloosa, Ala.TBATBA
Sept. 16Northern IllinoisColumbusTBATBA
TBAat IllinoisChampaign, Ill.TBATBA
TBAat MarylandCollege Park, Md.TBATBA
TBAat Penn StateState College, Pa.TBATBA
TBAat UCLAPasadena, Calif.TBATBA
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