Ohio State announced the addition of UNLV and Oregon State to its future schedules today. The announcement comes right on the heels of the university’s decision to drop a home-and-home series with North Carolina.
The switch between North Carolina and UNLV happened mainly because of conference realignment; set to take place in 2016, the Big Ten will switch to a nine-game conference schedule. As result, the Buckeyes now have another home game added to the schedule, a more favorable scenario than a six-road game set that would have taken place had North Carolina remained on the schedule.
The Buckeyes will open their 2018 schedule against Oregon State, a Pac-12 opponent. Again, this works out in favor of Ohio State’s 2018 schedule – the first three games of their season will be against power five teams, a scenario favored by half of the Big Ten coaches. 11 out of 12 regular season games of Ohio State’s 2018 season are against power five opponents, with the exception of an unscheduled Sept. 22 meeting.
Ohio State and Oregon have met only twice prior to their upcoming game: Sept. 21, 1974 and 1984, with both meetings at Ohio Stadium ending in victory for the Buckeyes. Unlike Oregon State, the upcoming 2017 UNLV match-up will be the first for Ohio State.