B1G Releases Ohio State Football Schedule for 2015-16
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — We already knew the Buckeyes were going to have a tough road to the top in 2015-16 with road trips to Virginia Tech and Oklahoma on the schedule.
Now we know the rest of the story.
Or at least most of it.
There are still a few nonconference games to be decided for those two seasons, but the Big Ten Conference released its 2015 and 2016 football schedules Monday, and Ohio State will open each of those Big Ten campaigns with games against the Purdue Boilermakers.
The Buckeyes will also conclude those B1G campaigns against their archrivals from the north, which means the Ohio State-Michigan game will remain the regular season finale for both teams through at least 2016.
Ohio State's 2015 conference schedule will also include home games with Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Indiana and road contests at Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan.
The 2016 season gets a whole lot tougher. The Buckeyes will make trips to Norman, Okla., East Lansing, Mich., State College, Pa., and Madison, Wisc. before closing out the regular season at home against the Wolverines.
The 2016 schedule features Ohio Stadium games against Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan and road games at Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Indiana.
With the addition of Nebraska last season, each team in the Big Ten will play all five divisional opponents and three non-divisional opponents. Ohio State will not play Michigan State, Minnesota and Nebraska during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and Nebraska will remain on that list for 2015 and 2016.
Teams the Buckeyes will not meet these two seasons: Iowa, Nebraska and Northwestern.
That means Ohio State’s game against Nebraska in Ohio Stadium on Oct. 6, 2012 will be the last regular season meeting with the Cornhuskers until at least the 2017 season.
Michigan will avoid playing Penn State, Purdue and Indiana during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Wisconsin avoids Michigan State, Northwestern and Iowa, and Penn State will dip out on Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern.
Non-conference games for the 2015 and 2016 games are still being scheduled. Ohio State has one date still to be filled for the 2015 season and it has two openings that are yet to be scheduled for the 2016 campaign.
2015 Ohio State Schedule
Sept. 5 - North Carolina
Sept. 12 - Northern Illinois
Sept. 19 - at Virginia Tech
Sept. 26 - TBA
Oct. 3 - at Purdue
Oct. 10 - Penn State
Oct. 17 - Michigan State
Oct. 24 - open
Oct. 31 - at Minnesota
Nov. 7 - Wisconsin
Nov. 14 - at Illinois
Nov. 21 - Indiana
Nov. 28 - at Michigan
Dec. 5 - Big Ten Championship Game
2016 Ohio State Schedule
Sept. 3 - Bowling Green
Sept. 10 - TBA
Sept. 17 - at Oklahoma
Sept. 24 - TBA
Oct. 1 - Purdue
Oct. 8 - open
Oct. 15 - at Michigan State
Oct. 22 - Illinois
Oct. 29 - at Penn State
Nov. 5 - Minnesota
Nov. 12 - at Wisconsin
Nov. 19 - at Indiana
Nov. 26 - Michigan
Dec. 3 - Big Ten Championship Game
Do Not Play in 2015 and 2016 ...
Illinois: Michigan State, Minnesota and Nebraska
Indiana: Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota
Iowa: Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Michigan: Indiana, Penn State and Purdue
Michigan State: Illinois, Purdue and Wisconsin
Minnesota: Illinois, Indiana and Penn State
Nebraska: Illinois, Ohio State and Purdue
Northwestern: Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin
Ohio State: Iowa, Nebraska and Northwestern
Penn State: Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern
Purdue: Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska
Wisconsin: Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern
Future OSU Schedules
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