The Ohio State Buckeyes are still currently undefeated in 2013 and on a fast track to compete for a shot at the national championship come January. Unfortunately for Urban Meyer and his team, many have criticized the Buckeyes’ out-of-conference schedule and have pointed toward that as a reason as to why they ultimately shouldn’t be afforded that opportunity, should it come down to that.
Thursday, announcements were made regarding future opponents outside of the Big Ten. Two new opponents were revealed, while a game against one we already knew of has been given a new time slot.
Firstly, Ohio State announced that they will play both Western Michigan of the MAC and Hawaii of the Mountain West in 2015. Both of these contests will be played in Columbus, OH inside of the Horseshoe. They will be played within a two-week span of each other, with the Hawaii matchup taking place on Sep. 12 and the Western Michigan showdown happening on Sep. 26.
Second, and most importantly, the Buckeyes have announced a change to one of their previously scheduled games against the Virginia Tech Hokies.
It was already known that the Buckeyes and Hokies would play a home-and-home series against one another, beginning next year when VT travels to Columbus. However, in 2015 when Ohio State travels to Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA, the game will have a little more important feel to it.
That second game of the series was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sep. 5, but it has now been moved to the coveted Laboy Day night primetime slot on Sep. 7. This marks the third time that the game has been moved. For a short time, it was scheduled for Sep. 26, but was moved for TV purposes to the seventh.