Ohio State, Alabama football schedule home-and-home for 2027, 2028

Ryan Day, Ohio State Buckeyes. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
Ryan Day, Ohio State Buckeyes. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) /

Alabama football and Ohio State football have scheduled a home-and-home!

Who doesn’t love it when two college football blue-bloods schedule a home-and-home?

Well, Thursday was your lucky day if you’re into this sort of thing. Alabama football and Ohio State football will play each other in a home-and-home series in 2027 and 2028. Though these traditional powers could meet in the College Football Playoff this year, they haven’t faced each other since the 2015 Sugar Bowl back in the inaugural playoff.

Alabama will venture into The Horseshoe in Columbus on Sept. 18, 2027, while Ohio State will play in Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 9, 2028. Though we cannot reasonably expect Crimson Tide head coach to be coaching in either game, anything other than seeing Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day coaching in both of these games would be a disappointment.

This is because Saban is in his late 60s, while Day is coming off his first year as a Power 5 head coach. Day has decades left as a college football head coach at Ohio State, while Saban only has a few great years left in the tank at Alabama. Still, everybody wins when we get to see two of the greatest programs in the sport have the stones to put each other on future schedules.

We have a home-and-home on tap between Alabama and Ohio State football.

Having these non-conference games coming in September is the big key here, as well as why it is possible. Do you really think Saban, or very likely his successor, will want to travel up to Columbus, Ohio to play the Buckeyes in The Horseshoe October on? Absolutely not. Alabama football has too much pride to do such a thing. Plus, Ohio State would be firmly entrenched in Big Ten play by then.

After getting crushed for only playing worthy non-conference opens either in Tuscaloosa or at a neutral-site, we have to applaud Alabama for the job athletic director Greg Byrne is doing by putting great teams on future schedules. Saban may not coach in most of these, but it shows Byrne isn’t afraid of calling up anyone and putting them on a season slate down the road.

Perhaps by the time these games are played out in 2027 and 2028, we may have something akin to a college football czar, a person who will be in charge of scheduling uniformity in the Power 5. It feels inevitable, but the ACC and the SEC will end up adopting a nine-game conference schedule, no matter how hard they try to fight it. Who knows when it will happen, but it will happen.

Despite being seven years out, Alabama vs. Ohio State is what college football is all about.

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