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Ohio State, Texas schedule home-and-home

Etienne Sabino AP

Give credit to Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith. Since declaring last month he planned to limit the number of MAC opponents on the Buckeyes’ future schedules, OSU has now inked two solid out-of-conference series.

Just last week, it was announced that Ohio State and TCU would be meeting in 2018 and ’19; on Wednesday, OSU issued a release saying it would be playing Texas in 2022 and ’23. The Buckeyes will travel to Austin first before the Longhorns head to Columbus the following year.

“Playing a program like the University of Texas always creates remarkable experiences for our players and fans.” Smith said. “Our last series with the Longhorns contributed to the great history and tradition that Buckeye Nation enjoys.”

The schools have met three times before in 2005 and ’06, and in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl. Texas holds a 2-1 advantage in the series.

Texas has done a nice job with OOC scheduling in its own right. The Longhorns will face USC, Cal, and now Ohio State (among others) as part of their future schedules.

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10 Responses to “Ohio State, Texas schedule home-and-home”
  1. MasMacho says: Oct 10, 2012 6:05 PM

    YES! The three games that have already happened were epic. More please!

  2. buckeye1nation says: Oct 10, 2012 6:43 PM

    Glad to see the Buckeyes are stepping up. They have always done a good job of making the 3rd game of the season a (projected) good OOC team. Look at the previous games with UT. Also had games against USC, Notre Dame and a few others. Theye even had a home and home against an up and coming Floridat state team in the 80’s. and no, or very few, FCS schools.

  3. bigdinla says: Oct 10, 2012 7:34 PM

    Lol, these are just PR moves. I seriously doubt they ever play. Just like the backed out of the UGA home at home.

  4. thraiderskin says: Oct 10, 2012 8:12 PM

    Bigdinla, I didn’t know it was a one-sided decision and that the Buckeyes were the the side that wanted out. With the new play-off system, OSU, absolutely needs to have these sort of games in the future or they will be the conference winner on the outside, looking in. Bang on Ohio State if you want, but lets see where that La team is in 8-10 years, especially since that team is a perennial NC contender (j/k).

  5. pilediver says: Oct 10, 2012 9:34 PM

    The B1G is seemingly getting weaker year by year, so for Ohio State to be still nationally relevant in the upcoming playoff era, they need to ‘schedule up.’

    Hat tip to the AD for doing so.

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 10, 2012 9:58 PM

    As I remember the doc in southernpatriots telling me when Urban accepted the coaching position with the Buckeyes, to watch the fast and huge turnaround for the program, and they are well on their way this season, which was supposed to be a rebuilding year. I know they have not played Florida, South Carolina, or Alabama this season but they have played the schedule they had and have performed very well. Next season and forward, they will be a power to be reckoned with in the B1G and beyond.

    Great move for the Buckeyes and Longhorns. It will benefit both teams and will receive national attention.

  7. targhee159 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:10 AM

    Good to see that they’re eliminating the MAC schools and trying to schedule two BCS OOC games per year. Upcoming schedules include:
    Vandy/Cal ’13; VaTech/Cinci ’14; VaTech/UNC ’15; Oklahoma ’16; UNC/Oklahoma ’17; TCU/Cinci ’18; TCU ’19; Texas ’22, ’23.

    I like that in most years one of the BCS OOC games will be on the road. Helps strength of schedule and gets the boys ready for the B1G season.

  8. florida727 says: Oct 11, 2012 9:34 AM

    I applaud Gene Smith. Although you never know which teams will be in ‘up’ cycles v. ‘down’ cycles from year-to-year, let alone decade-to-decade, there’s no arguing when 2 traditional powerhouses schedule each other. Hopefully 2 things happen as a result of this announcement: 1) they agree to extend this series well beyond 2022 and 2023, and 2) Jeremy Foley reads Internet articles.

    As a Florida fan, frankly, I’m sick and tired of the walk-over games we have early in the year, and then again after SEC play concludes to wrap up the year. If we want to maintain a place of respect in the game, Florida needs better scheduling. Yeah, we close with Florida State, which is usually a good game between two quality teams, but take a look at the rest of this year’s schedule for example: open with Bowling Green, and the two weeks before FSU we have Louisiana and Jacksonville State. Both in The Swamp of course. It’s like back-to-back bye weeks, which we already had this year with Kentucky and then our actual bye week before the LSU game.

    I realize that with the exception of Kentucky (26 straight wins over them) and possibly Vanderbilt, the SEC schedule is pretty brutal, but still, cupcakes need not apply. My appeal is for at least one more tough out-of-conference opponent. Having FSU as the sole OOC challenge on the docket doesn’t cut it for me.

    If you want to be the best, play the best you can… every time you can.

  9. bigbuckeye76 says: Oct 11, 2012 10:02 AM

    I wonder what the conferences will look like in 2022 or 2023?

    For all we know, UT and Oklahoma could already be in the B1G..

  10. abrellbama says: Oct 13, 2012 3:40 AM

    That should be a good game. Both have bad defenses right now but good offenses so the game will be pretty even.

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