Ohio State has a recent tradition of scheduling strong non-conference opponents, and on Wednesday, they announced another home-and-home series with the Texas Longhorns. The games are still a ways off, with the first being playing in Austin in 2022. OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith commented on the rationale for the big schedule news:
“Playing a program like the University of Texas always creates remarkable experiences for our players and fans,” Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith said. “Our last series with the Longhorns contributed to the great history and tradition that Buckeye Nation enjoys.”
Texas and Ohio State played a home-and-home series in 2005 and 2006, with each team picking up a win on the road. It was far more rare to have two blue bloods of college football play each other in the non-conference in 2005-06, but under the new college football playoff system, it’s expected that teams will beef up their non-conference schedules. Last week, the Buckeyes announced a home-and-home series with TCU for 2018 and 2019.