Birds of a Feather: Buckeyes to face Oregon in 2020 and 2021
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University added another monster program to the schedule Tuesday, as the Buckeyes announced a home-and-home football series with the University of Oregon for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
It’s still a long way off, but the addition of a program like Oregon, which has been as successful as just about any in the country since Chip Kelly joined the staff back in 2007, further represents the school’s growing desire to add big names to the schedule in advance of a four-team college playoff.
“Oregon has developed into one of the premier football programs in the FBS,” Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith said in a statement Tuesday.
“We are excited to add them to our future slate of games.”
The first game in the home-and-home series will be played at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. during the 2020 season, with a return trip to Columbus in 2021. Along with the addition of Oregon, Ohio State now has future series scheduled with Virginia Tech (2014-15), Cincinnati (2014, ’18), UNC (2015, ’17), Oklahoma (2016-17), TCU (2018-19) and Texas (2022-23).
The also have a trip to Cal Berkley next year after the Golden Bears visited Columbus earlier this season.
As for Oregon, the Ducks have lost a total of six games – only two in Pac-12 play (one to Stanford and one to USC) – since Kelly became the head coach in Eugene back in 2009.
The Buckeyes and the Ducks have met eight times previously, including in the 2010 Rose Bowl game, a 26-17 Ohio State win which represents one of Kelly’s six losses at Oregon. The first meeting between the teams came in the 1958 Rose Bowl, a 10-7 Ohio State win. All six meetings between those Rose Bowl games were Ohio State wins.
Non-Conference Schedule Complete for 2016
In addition to the Oregon, Ohio State announced that its 2016 non-conference schedule has now been finalized with the addition of two more games. The Buckeyes will host the University of Tulsa on Sept. 10 and Central Michigan on Sept. 24, in addition the previously scheduled games with Bowling Green and Oklahoma.
This will be Ohio State’s first meeting on the gridiron with both Tulsa and Central Michigan.
2016 Non-Conference Schedule
Sept. 3 – Bowling Green
Sept. 10 – Tulsa
Sept. 17 – at Oklahoma
Sept. 24 – Central Michigan
Future OSU Football Schedules
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