Ask and ye shall receive.
College football fans have long clamored for more quality non-conference matchups, and today Ohio State and Oregon became the latest programs to answer that call as the Buckeyes and Ducks announced an agreement on a future home-and-home series between the two schools. The Buckeyes will travel to Eugene Sept. 20, 2020, while the Ducks will make the trip east to Columbus for a Sept. 11, 2021, game.
“Oregon has developed into one of the premier football programs in the FBS,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. “We are excited to add them to our future slate of games.”
OSU and UO have faced each other eight times in football, the first coming in the 1958 Rose Bowl and the last in the 2010 Rose Bowl. Ohio State owns a decided 8-0 advantage in the sporadic series.
“We are excited to add a home and home series with Ohio State as it provides another major conference opponent to our future schedule,” Smith’s UO counterpart, Rob Mullens, said in his statement. “The Pac-12 and Big Ten have enjoyed a long-standing relation-ship, so the opportunity to add another Big Ten opponent was attractive.
“We have two of the most passionate fan bases in college football and the atmosphere at both Ohio Stadium and Autzen Stadium are among the best in college football. Attracting top teams to Autzen Stadium remains a goal as this is the type of matchup our loyal fans love.”