2018 Football Sked Comes Into Focus

By Jeff Rapp, June 5th, 2018

The upcoming Ohio State football season has come into clearer focus after the university confirmed start times and television assignments that were just released by various networks.

On Thursday, OSU announced that Big Ten Network, FOX and ESPN had agreed to broadcast times and assigned networks for the first three weeks of the Big Ten season and a few other games.

The details that were announced follow:

The Buckeyes’ Sept. 1 season and home opener against Oregon State at Ohio Stadium will kick off just after noon Eastern and will be broadcast on ABC.

The following weekend, when Ohio State hosts Rutgers at the Horseshoe, Big Ten Network will pick up the coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET. That game will serve as the league opener for both programs.

OSU’s Oct. 6 Homecoming tilt with Indiana also is mostly set. That Big Ten contest will begin at either 3:30 or 4 p.m. – however, the television network will be announced at a later date.

Plus, the biggest home game of the year – OSU’s annual tussle with archrival Michigan on Nov. 24 – is confirmed to air on FOX beginning at noon ET, as was previously reported.

The Sept. 15 game against TCU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, was previously announced as an 8 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on ABC.

Og course, not everything will be set in stone prior to the season, as the press release explained.

“Some primetime games may still be announced leading up to the season but, otherwise, additional game start times and television network carriers will be announced during the season with the 12-day or six-day window protocol,” the release said. “Primetime games will be announced at least 12 days in advance in-season.”

It’s highly likely Ohio State’s trip to Penn State on Sept. 29 – a game which has already been slated for the Nittany Lions’ occasional “White Out” festivities – will make its way to prime time. Another candidate for a nighttime start is the Nov. 3 home game with Nebraska. Ditto for the tester at Michigan State the following week.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ohio State added to its future schedule, announcing a one-game meeting with Toledo at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 17, 2022. The Buckeyes previously added the University of Buffalo to the 2020 schedule and the University of Akron to the 2021 schedule. Both are home games. OSU will take on the Bulls on Sept. 19, 2020 and the Zips on Sept. 25, 2021. MAC foe Miami (Ohio) is on the 2019 schedule.

The Scarlet and Gray have future non-conference home-and-home series set with Oregon (2020 and 2021), Notre Dame (2022 and 2023), Washington (2024 and 2025) and Texas (2025 and 2026). Ohio State also has Boston College scheduled for the 2027 season.

The 2018 schedule, with up-to-date information, follows:

2018 Ohio State Schedule (all times Eastern)
Sept. 1 – Oregon State, noon on ABC (Scarlet & Gray Game)
Sept. 8 – Rutgers, 3:30 p.m. on BTN (Hall of Fame Day)
Sept. 15 – vs. TCU*, 8 p.m. on ABC
Sept. 22 – Tulane (Alumni Band and Faculty/Staff Appreciation Game)
Sept. 29 – at Penn State
Oct. 6 – Indiana, 3:30 or 4 p.m. with TV TBA (Homecoming)
Oct. 13 – Minnesota (Buckeye Club)
Oct. 20 – at Purdue
Oct. 27 – Open
Nov. 3 – Nebraska (Military Appreciation Day)
Nov. 10 – at Michigan State
Nov. 17 – at Maryland
Nov. 24 – Michigan – noon on FOX (Senior Day)
Dec. 1 – Big Ten Championship Game#
*AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas
#Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis