There’s nothing like a college football Saturday.
Ohio State football will spend its first five Saturdays playing inside The Horseshoe, hosting opponents like Notre Dame, Arkansas State, Toledo and Wisconsin in September while welcoming Rutgers on the first day of October. Later in the month, the Buckeyes will take on Iowa after returning to Columbus from University Park, Pa., where they will have faced Penn State on the road.
On Wednesday, the Ohio State athletic department revealed promotions for the football team’s October home games against Rutgers and Iowa. The contest with the Scarlet Knights will serve as the university’s homecoming game and celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes will “Scarlet the ‘Shoe” against the Hawkeyes, an event where fans are encouraged to wear scarlet-colored clothing to the game.
The announcement comes less than 24 hours after the department revealed promotions for the September home slate, informing Buckeye fans that the campus will host ESPN College GameDay and honor the 2022 National Championship team on Sept. 3 against Notre Dame.
The Sept. 10 game against Arkansas State program will host the Scarlet and Gray Game and the Buckeyes Care Game. This contest will celebrate former and current faculty and staff for their contributions to the university while also honoring the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
On Sept. 17, Ohio State will host Toledo for a game featuring the annual Alumni Band performance before and during halftime.
The following week, the Buckeyes will open their conference competition with a game against Wisconsin. The athletic department asks fans to wear black to the game, indicating that Ohio State will likely wear their black alternate uniforms against the Badgers, which will be the first time they have worn them since a 34-10 win over Michigan State on Oct. 5, 2019. Ohio State is 3-0 all-time when they wear the black uniforms.