The Ohio State Buckeyes opened up their latest national championship campaign with a 34-17 victory over the Navy Midshipmen.
The next time the Buckeyes will face a service academy, though, won’t be until after the 2016 campaign.
Ohio State is currently in talks with the Army Black Knights to schedule a game at a future date.
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Amazingly, these two programs have never met on the gridiron despite their long and illustrious histories.
While Army’s schedule remains flexible due to being an independent program, Ohio State will have to work around their conference schedule. Like Navy, Army will likely serve as a season-opening opponent. The first year both teams have an opening at the beginning of their schedules will be the 2017 campaign.
Army doesn’t have any current openings early in the season that coincide with Ohio State’s 2018 schedule.
The two sides also have openings at the start of the 2019 campaign.
Due to the size of Ohio State and the importance of home games for the Buckeyes’ athletic department, Army will almost certainly be a one- or two-game contract with the contests being played at Ohio Stadium.
The two sides still need to finalize an agreement, though.