Vanderbilt Cancels 2013 Game in Columbus
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State announced Thursday that it’s scheduled game with Vanderbilt University in Columbus next fall has been cancelled at the request of the Commodores.
Vanderbilt notified Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith on Tuesday of its decision to cancel the game, which was scheduled for Aug. 31, 2013. It would have been the Buckeyes’ season-opener for Urban Meyer second season in Columbus – his first bowl-eligible year at Ohio State.
Vanderbilt also cancelled the remainder of its series (2013 and 2014) with Northwestern in order to schedule an early home SEC game against Ole Miss. This leaves the Buckeyes with a void in their non-conference schedule for next season.
They play at Cal in week three next year, right between Florida A&M and Buffalo, which means Ohio State will almost certainly need to fill that vacancy with a home game. That could be a little tough to do at this point, as most teams have already set their schedules for the 2013 season.
It’s possible someone could pull out of a previous agreement to make the trip to Columbus, but if that doesn’t happen, there are a few schools with current openings on Aug. 31 of next year.
West Virginia would be the most intriguing of that group, but probably would not agree to game in Columbus without a return trip to Morgantown. The same goes for BYU, but the Buckeyes could get a game against Washington State, Tulane, Kansas, UTEP or Southern Miss.
Smith said Ohio State is working to secure a replacement game.
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