Hello and welcome to the morning Hive, Tuesday edition! Tuesday is quite possibly the most irrelevant day of the week as it’s nestled between everyone’s least favorite day Monday and Wednesday A.K.A Hump day. Tuesday is often overlooked. But not to fear, Buckeye Nation, your morning Hive has you covered and will undoubtedly provide some life to your Tuesday.
Like last Monday, a schedule involving an Ohio State sports team was released. However, this week it involved the football Buckeyes–not Thad Matta and the OSU hoopsters.
Yesterday, the Big Ten released the conference football schedules for the 2015-2016 seasons. Ohio State will play 8 conference games each season, 5 against teams from their division–the Leaders division (Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Penn State, Purdue) and 3 games against teams from the Legends division (Iowa, TTUN, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern). Obviously, Ohio State will keep the annual tradition of playing TTUN, so, who else will the Buckeyes play from the Legends division in upcoming seasons?
As promised, the Tuesday morning Hive has you covered! So, without further adieu, let’s get into, Hivesters!
The 2013-2014 Big Ten conference schedules were released last year around this time. Ohio State and Buckeye Nation will certainly be looking forward to the 2013 season as it will be OSU’s first year that they are eligible for the post-season under Urban Meyer.
Ohio State’s notable home games for 2013 include August 31st season-opener against SEC opponent Vanderbilt, September 28th contest against Wisconsin, and back-to-back games with Iowa and Penn State on October 19th and 26th, respectively.
Notable road games for the Buckeyes during the 2013 campaign include a September 14th trip to Berkeley, CA to take on the Cal Golden Bears, and two late-November conference away games against Illinois and TTUN on November 16th and 30th, respectively.
In 2014, the Buckeyes will play the Virginia Tech Hokies on September 20th at the Horseshoe. Also, other notable home games for the Buckeyes in 2014 include Big East opponent Cincinnati, and conference foe TTUN. OSU will also play the Fighting Illini in 2014, but with the exception of 2007 (I still hate you, Juice Williams), in recent years, Ohio State has taken care of Illinois in Columbus.
As for the Ohio State road contests in 2014, there are 4 games that stand out to me. In the first game of 2014, OSU will travel to Baltimore, MD to take on the Navy Midshipmen. Now, Ohio State should easily take care of Navy no matter where the game is being played, but I was there in 2009 when it took a Brian Rolle 99-yard interception return for a touchdown–on Navy’s potential game-tying 2-point conversion–for Ohio State to squeak one out against the Midshipmen. So, hopefully the Buckeyes are better prepared to play Navy in 2014 than they were in 2009. The other 3 notable road games in 2014, besides Navy, are against Iowa, Wisconsin, and a trip to Happy Valley to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions.
As seen in previous years and in the upcoming 2013-2014 season, Ohio State has shown a willingness to schedule tough nonconference opponents year-in-and-year-out and the 2015-2016 seasons are certainly no different.
Now, to the new, shiny schedules.
The 2015 Ohio State football schedule may be one of the toughest OSU has had in a long time. There are 4 home games that will definitely be circled on my calendar and 3 road games that fit the same description.
Ohio State will play home games against the North Carolina Tar Heels, Penn State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin in 2015.
The Buckeyes will begin the season against UNC on September 5th, will play Penn State and Michigan State in back-to-back weeks in October and then play the Wisconsin Badgers the first week of November. Obviously, the teams that are seen as good now could look drastically different in 3 years, but I see MSU and Wisconsin being formidable opponents for OSU as long as Dantonio and Bielema are still at the helm of their respective teams.
As for the 2015 Ohio State road games? The Buckeyes will travel to Blacksburg, VA to take on Virginia Tech and will also have road contests against Illinois and TTUN. The Buckeyes still have an opening in the 2015 campaign that will, certainly, get filled with a nonconference opponent.
As for 2016, the schedule doesn’t get much easier for the Buckeyes.
In my opinion, Ohio State will have a decently easy home schedule in 2016. The Buckeyes will take on Bowling Green and typically average Big Ten opponents in Purdue and Minnesota. In addition to Purdue and Minnesota, OSU will also play B1G foes Illinois and TTUN at home.
The 2016 Ohio State road game schedule is pretty damn tough if you ask me. In game 3, on September 17th, Ohio State will travel to Norman, OK to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. In addition to playing a road game against Stoops and company, Ohio State will also play Michigan State, Penn State, and Wisconsin on the road. There are still 2 open spots on the schedule that will be left to fill with nonconference opponents. If Ohio State’s trends continue, then I certainly think one of those spots will be filled with a nonconference, BCS opponent.
For the most part, each year Ohio State has scheduled a nonconference opponent from a BCS conference and a couple of weaker nonconference opponents. However, we see that trend changing. This past season OSU played ACC opponent Miami (FL) and a Pac-12 team in Colorado. And in the upcoming seasons, we see OSU scheduling 2 nonconference BCS opponents each year. When/if college football goes to a playoff system, this strategy will benefit the Buckeyes greatly.
Something else that stood out to me after looking at the upcoming schedules: after this season, it will be at least 2017 before the Buckeyes play Nebraska again. So, for last year and bragging rights for the next 5 season, I really hope that Ohio State beats the Cornhuskers this year in Columbus.
Full Ohio State schedules for 2013-2016 can be seen here.
Bradley Roby is fast. Yesterday, Carlos Hyde tweeted, from his Twitter account @king_hyde34, “That boy @BradRoby25 just ran a 4.31 shessh lol.” I don’t know about you Buckeye Nation, but I’m very excited about the silver bullets that we will see on the field this season and Roby will certainly be a must-watch player on this year’s defensive unit.
Also, former TTUN player Steve Everitt is an idiot.
As always and until your next Tuesday morning Hive, Go Bucks!