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Ohio State replaces UNC series with Oregon State, UNLV

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Yesterday, North Carolina announced its future home-and-home series with Ohio State was forced into cancellation because of the Big Ten’s move to a nine-game conference schedule.

OSU intimated a short time later that an announcement of replacements to fill those scheduling holes was imminent… and those intimations were proven correct.

In a press release, the Buckeyes announced a pair of one-off games to replace the UNC series: Sept. 23, 2017, vs. UNLV and Sept. 1, 2018, vs. Oregon State.  The latter game will serve as the season opener for both teams.

Also, both of those games will be at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

In 2017, Ohio State will play five of its Big Ten games on the road, just four at home.  In the UNC home-and-home agreement, OSU was scheduled to travel to Chapel Hill to play the Tar Heels, which would’ve meant just six home games that season for the Buckeyes.  By dropping UNC — Ohio State stated in its release that the two sides “agreed to cancel their two-game series” — and adding UNLV in 2017, OSU managed to push that total up to a Power Five athletic director’s (preferred) bare-minimum of seven home dates.

Notwithstanding high-paying neutral-site games, of course.

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14 Responses to “Ohio State replaces UNC series with Oregon State, UNLV”
  1. dmvtransplant says: Aug 14, 2014 4:18 PM

    What was Howard and FAMU not available those weekends? They’ve getting to be as bad as Wisconsin, playing weak teams at home and demanding everyone respect “their winning record at home”.

    Side note: The badgers opened the 2011 season with UNLV & Oregon State. They out scored their opponents 86-17 and both teams combined only won 5 games that year. Home dominance my my A$$.

  2. jrs45 says: Aug 14, 2014 4:22 PM

    Hate on troll.

  3. jimbo75025 says: Aug 14, 2014 6:10 PM

    While UNC is not exactly a football powerhouse they certainly have a bigger name that Oregon State and UNLV. Odd move considering the playoff system now where strength of schedule will be of greater inportance-in theory anyway.

  4. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 14, 2014 7:15 PM

    Replace UNC with UNLV lol. North Carolina isn’t even that good in football. We all expected the Suckeyes to schedule down. They were probably pissed Clemson rolled them last year in the Bowl Game and made them look foolish and inept.

  5. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 14, 2014 7:17 PM

    Suckeye State should never be considered for the 4 team playoff because of their joke of a schedule. Same thing with Jokelahoma.

  6. buckcat says: Aug 14, 2014 7:35 PM

    Crazy, get off of the computer and out of the basement sometime today. Your mom wants you to “pay rent” upstairs with her daily foot massage. What a douche. 😂

  7. jrs45 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:42 PM

    Go Buckeyes!!!

  8. jrs45 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:43 PM

    I LoL every time I hear a Browns fan talk football……I’m still laughing!!!

  9. rocket1988 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:35 PM

    how about the B1G just play 12 conference games and call it good.

  10. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:44 PM

    @ brownsmakemecrazy:

    I see that you have crawled out from your hole again. Do you ever post anything that isn’t filled with pettiness and hatred? You really should talk to your psychiatrist about your chronic negativity. It isn’t healthy. Maybe that is why your life sucks?

  11. manik56 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:55 AM

    Oregon State isn’t bad. UNLV isn’t the worst (FAMU is). But I really was looking forward to going to Chapel Hill to see my Buckeyes.

  12. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 15, 2014 4:00 AM

    Lol. The Suckeyes are lieing again. They seem to have a problem with the truth. It had nothing to do with the 9 game schedule, it had to do with them only having 6 home games. The truth seems to be elusive in Columbus.

    They are and always will be a joke. Nice bowl record by the way Suckeyes. You clowns arent even .500 since 1920. Lol, yeah great tradition.

  13. longborer69 says: Aug 15, 2014 4:07 AM

    “While UNC is not exactly a football powerhouse they certainly have a bigger name that Oregon State and UNLV.”

    Depends on how the bigness of your name is measured. “North Carolina” does have more letters in it than “Oregon State.” “Tar Heels” is just longer than “Beavers.” And they undoubtedly get more press coverage on the East Coast.

    If we want to talk football success, while neither is dominant, in the last decade OSU had one ten win season and three nine win seasons. That’s four of ten with nine or more wins. UNC has had 0 seasons with nine wins or more. Nor do the Beavers fatten their record with wins over FCS schools — they tend to lose to Eastern Washington and Sac State (LOL), so plenty of their wins are actually over real teams.

    Ten year record: UNC 64-60, in a time period when the ACC has hardly been at its strongest. OSU 72-54.

    During the BCS era, OSU made the Fiesta Bowl one time (and won in a blowout). UNC never played in a BCS bowl.

    OSU has played in seven bowls in the last ten years (won five), UNC six (won two).

    In one respect UNC is a more worthy opponent for tOSU. They both cheated and thus were under NCAA sanctions in 2012.

    This is a downgrade for the Buckeyes only because they’ve swapped out a home and home for two home games. The quality of opponents is likely a wash, with UNLV quite a bit weaker and OSU quite a bit stronger than UNC. Of course, we don’t know how good these teams will be in 3-4 years, but OSU is likely to be pretty competitive. This year they battled Stanford and Oregon close. The year before they beat Wisconsin. Even in down years, they always raise their game and knock off a ranked team or two.

  14. jrs45 says: Aug 15, 2014 5:24 AM

    Clownsmakemecrazu,

    And the Clowns have never ever been to a Super Bowl. lol great tradition!

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