I apologize. I googled “songs about Iowa” and this came up. Yeah, it’s pretty much what you’d expect. Here’s a palate cleanser… also from Iowa.
Following up on the earlier announcement of scheduling with our new BFFs in the B1G, Ohio State released the conference schedules for the 2016-17 seasons today.
As a reminder, this is when the conference moves to a 9 game schedule; 6 divisional foes and three from the
Leaders Legends West.
Here’s the info you need to start scheduling your travel priorities:
2016 Ohio State Football Schedule
Sept. 3 – Bowling Green
Sept. 10 – Tulsa
Sept. 17 – at Oklahoma
Sept. 24 – Off
Oct. 1 – Rutgers
Oct. 8 – Indiana
Oct. 15 – at Wisconsin
Oct. 22 – at Penn State
Oct. 29 – Northwestern
Nov. 5 – Nebraska
Nov. 12 – at Maryland
Nov. 19 – at Michigan State
Nov. 26 – Michigan
Dec. 3 – Big Ten Championship Game
Starting in October, the Buckeyes will see nine/ten straight conference games on the road to Indianapolis- compare this, if you will, to the SEC’s practice of scheduling something called a “Wofford” midway through the season as a palate cleanser. Also, it should be noted that this season will be the last that we’ll see of the mythical “Purdue” until 2018, unless they make it to the Conference Champ… sorry, I just couldn’t do it.
Across the conference- Penn State will conveniently not play any of the traditionally top three teams in the West in 2016; prepare for “We Are!” chants with a zippy “Fortunately Scheduled!” response (ok, maybe a bit wordy). TTUN will miss the two Western “N” teams in 2016 as well.
Wisconsin’s karma runs out, as they play Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State in 2016 after avoiding them prior.
2017 Ohio State Football Schedule Read More
Following last week’s news that the Buckeyes would be entering into a two game, home and away series with Texas Christian for 2018-2019, the Athletic Department today announced that Ohio State would again play the University of Texas in 2022 (in Austin) and 2023 (in Columbus)
This will be a renewal of a great, recent series- Vince Young led the Longhorns over the Buckeyes in 2005 on their way to a national title and a Heisman*; Troy Smith and Ohio State defeated Texas in 2006 in a season that ended with a national title game (involving Urban Meyer… hmm…) and a Heisman for Smith as well.
Ohio State lost to Texas in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl following a great performance at the end of the game by Heisman finalist Colt McCoy.
Here’s the official word from the WHAC:
|Ohio State vs. Texas in 2022 & 2023Games will be the fourth and fifth in a series that had its first game in 2005COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University and the University of Texas have agreed to a home-and-home football series that will have the two teams playing in Austin, Texas, in 2022 and in Columbus in 2023.
“Playing a program like the University of Texas always creates remarkable experiences for our players and fans,” Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith said. “Our last series with the Longhorns contributed to the great history and tradition that Buckeye Nation enjoys.”
The games will be played Sept. 17, 2022 in Texas Stadium and Sept. 16, 2023 in Ohio Stadium. The schools have met three times previously – a home-and-home arrangement in 2005 and 2006, and in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl – with Texas holding a 2-1 edge in wins.
*Since Reggie Bush had his taken away…
SBP gets the ol’ bumperino this week to accommodate life. It happens, right?
Smith said multiple offenses by individual teams is a concern of his, especially if the violations committed are in relation to recruiting.
Smith was cited for breaking NCAA recruiting policy despite his distaste for recruiting infractions in particular.
“I intend to retire here as a Buckeye. You can never say never that you won’t do something else, but as far as athletic director or athletic administration, this is my last stop.”
I’m sure there are alumni and fans who have an opinion regarding that timeline.
Quick follow up on President Gee’s comments last week regarding TCU and Southern Idaho State’s schedule; particularly that schools outside of the Big Ten and SEC don’t have the same week to week challenges as their “bigger” brothers.
President Gee has stepped away from those comments somewhat, saying
What do I know about college football? I look like Orville Redenbacher. I have no business talking about college football.
God, I love that guy. He also talked about upcoming announcements regarding future schedules that Buckeye fans should be excited about, and about reaching out to the real “Little Sisters Of The Poor” to give them the respect they deserved.
Elsewheres, Ken Gordon at the Dispatch has a great article today looking more closely at the schedule strength, and compares not only overall schedules, but the competition in and out of conferences. While you’ve probably read that Ohio State and Boise’s schedule strengths are pretty close this year, what Ken points out is that… Read More