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Buckeyes drop Chips from 2016 slate

Dropping Chips

The Big Ten’s move to a nine-game conference schedule has officially claimed one of its first victims.

An Ohio State official confirmed Tuesday to the Columbus Dispatch that the school has canceled its scheduled 2016 game against Central Michigan.  A letter was sent by OSU to CMU recently to inform them that they were nixing the game scheduled for Sept. 24 at Ohio Stadium.

2016 will be the first year of the Big Ten’s nine-game schedule.

There’s no word yet on what type of financial assuagement the Chips will receive as a result of the cancellation.

The Buckeyes’ first two games of the 2016 season will remain home contests against Bowling Green (Sept. 3) and Tulsa (Sept. 10), followed by a road trip to Norman to take on Oklahoma Sept. 17.

The reason for keeping BGSU over fellow MAC member CMU, the Dispatch writes, is because the former is an in-state school as well as being the first stop in Urban Meyer‘s collegiate head-coaching career.

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15 Responses to “Buckeyes drop Chips from 2016 slate”
  1. mj1783 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:10 AM

    Thank goodness the Bucks will be able to squeeze in a higher quality opponent like Minnesota or Illinois…..

  2. howintensive says: Jun 19, 2013 8:33 AM

    Plus Bowling Green has been a historically bad team in the past 15 years, and Central Michigan has managed to pull off a few upsets and bowl runs in the past.

  3. thraiderskin says: Jun 19, 2013 8:39 AM

    Central Michigan is a good program, but Ohio Sate would have rolled them, that is if OSU is where everyone expects them to be under Meyers at that time. Bowling Green also has a couple ties to OSU, I’m not positive, but I think the current AD was the assistant AD at Ohio State (that may have changed).

  4. mediocrebob says: Jun 19, 2013 9:23 AM

    Yeah the MAC may actually be better than the B1G

  5. bertenheim says: Jun 19, 2013 9:53 AM

    Non-story. Of the Group-of-Five, the MAC is the closest to FCS level. The Coaches Poll forfeited its legitimacy by ranking N. Illinois high enough to make the Orange Bowl. (They lost to Iowa in the regular season.)

  6. dkhhuey says: Jun 19, 2013 11:29 AM

    First off – every single big school schedules cream puffs every year so enough of the OSU is the only offender of it.

    Secondly, Jim Tressel went out of his way to get Ohio MAC schools on the schedule because it brings those schools a windfall of cash and exposure and in end, helps uplift the entire state! I completely agree and that is probably another underlying reason BG was kept and Central Meeeechigan dropped. Urban Meyer, being an Ohio native no doubt wants to keep that going as much as he can as well.

  7. buckeyeluvn says: Jun 19, 2013 12:19 PM

    I believe there is some type of law in Ohio that says OSU has to play one in state team per year. I may be wrong but I’m pretty sure.

  8. steeler1nation says: Jun 19, 2013 1:34 PM

    Let’s focus on the positive here: a MAJOR AQ non-conference match-up.
    Ohio State @ Oklahoma!
    I love that. I love these big power match-ups that the BCS robbed fans of. Love the big boy major non-conference match-up.

  9. MasMacho says: Jun 19, 2013 3:05 PM

    CMU / Rutgers.. same difference.

  10. vincentbojackson says: Jun 19, 2013 3:28 PM

    howintensive says:
    Plus Bowling Green has been a historically bad team in the past 15 years, and Central Michigan has managed to pull off a few upsets and bowl runs in the past.


    Factually speaking, Bowling Green lost a close game to 2nd ranked Florida Gators last season. A game they dominated for most of the game. They’ve also beaten Big 10 opponents 6 times in the last 15 years.

  11. polegojim says: Jun 19, 2013 6:10 PM

    Does that mean they’ll fit in Alabama or LSU?…. oh wait… sorry my bad… that won’t happen.

    They’ve got perennial powerhouses Florida A&M and Navy over the next two years to challenge them…

    Central Michigan could actually beat them… go figure why they were dumped???

  12. BrownsTown says: Jun 19, 2013 6:49 PM

    Darn…..was looking forward to finally playing a challenging team from Michigan.

    Wait, never mind….the Spartans have had a good year here and there recently.

  13. mediocrebob says: Jun 19, 2013 7:46 PM

    I think OSU is “chickening out”.

    CMU actually strengthens their schedule.

  14. polegojim says: Jun 20, 2013 9:24 AM

    Brownstown… exactly! That’s why they cancelled the game… get used to the disappointment… more to come.; )

    Yes, Bob – precisely… but they can’t have that! They prefer to go 11-1 and then do a Notre Dame impersonation.

  15. mediocrebob says: Jun 20, 2013 10:56 AM

    I thought Notre Dame technically did an OSU impersonation…get to the national championship and get blown out by SEC.

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