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Last updated: 11/22/2011 5:06 PM

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Buckeyes Drop Vols from Future Schedule, Add Tar Heels
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With all the good news coming out of Columbus this week, there just had to be something on the other side.

It won’t exactly dampen the holidays for Ohio State fans, but the University announced Tuesday that the Buckeyes will not play their home-and-home series with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville that was scheduled for the 2018 and ’19 seasons.

The two teams were supposed to play in Columbus in 2018 and Knoxville in 2019—two of the largest stadiums in the country.

Ohio State made the request to Tennessee to cancel the games because of the Big Ten’s decision to go from an eight-game conference schedule to nine games, beginning in 2017. The Volunteers agreed to cancel the series, although the two schools may try to put something together in future years.

As for the new openings, Ohio State has agreed upon a home-and-home with the University of North Carolina for the 2015 and 2017 seasons. The Tar Heels will make the trip to Columbus on Sept. 5, 2015, and the Buckeyes will travel down to Chapel Hill two years later to face UNC at Kenan Memorial Stadium on Sept. 23, 2017.

The Buckeyes are also scheduled to play the University of Oklahoma during their nonconference schedule in 2017.

They also added a nonconference game against Florida A&M, a Football Championship Subdivision school from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, for the 2013 season. The game will be played at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 7, 2013, one week before the Buckeyes travel to University of California, Berkeley.

The game will be the first between the two schools on the gridiron. Florida A&M will be paid a guaranty of $850,000 for making the trip to Columbus.

Ohio State’s 2012 schedule is set with the confirmation two weeks ago that Central Florida would be replacing Cincinnati as the second game of the season. Here is a look at the 2012 schedule and how the latest changes will effect Ohio State’s non-conference schedule in the future:

Sept. 1 – Miami (Ohio)
Sept. 8 – Central Florida
Sept. 15 – California
Sept. 22 – Alabama-Birmingham
Sept. 29 –at Michigan State
Oct. 6 – Nebraska
Oct. 13 – at Indiana
Oct. 20 – Purdue
Oct. 27 – at Penn State
Nov. 3 – Illinois
Nov. 10 – Off
Nov. 17 – at Wisconsin
Nov. 24 – Michigan

Aug. 31 – Vanderbilt
Sept. 7 – Florida A&M
Sept. 14 – at California

Aug. 30 – at Navy
Sept. 13 – Kent State
Sept. 20 – Virginia Tech
Sept. 27 – Cincinnati

Sept. 5 – North Carolina
Sept. 12 – Northern Illinois
Sept. 19 – at Virginia Tech

Sept. 3 – Bowling Green
Sept. 17 – at Oklahoma

Sept. 16 – Oklahoma
Sept. 23 – at North Carolina

Sept. 8 – Cincinnati

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