Second-Half Schedule Continues To Take Shape

By Jeff Rapp, October 8th, 2018

Ohio State has been involved in some interesting games at Purdue in recent years, and they may be dealing with a “Black Out” crowd when they enter Ross-Ade Stadium on Oct. 20.

On Monday, the Big Ten Conference announced kickoff times for league games on the weekend of Oct. 20 and it was learned that Ohio State’s tester at Purdue has been set for a nighttime start – 7:30 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

The game with the Boilermakers will mark OSU’s second straight against a team from the Big Ten West. At present, the Buckeyes are 6-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play heading into their home tilt with Minnesota (3-2, 0-2) on Oct. 13 (noon Eastern, FOX). Ohio State has been installed as an early 29.5-point favorite for that game.

Purdue began the 2018 season with three straight losses, including an opening defeat at home to Northwestern and one-point home loss to Eastern Michigan the following week. After falling to Missouri in Week 3 at home, the Boilers turned their fortunes with a 30-13 win over then-undefeated and 23rd-ranked Boston College. They followed that up with a solid victory at Nebraska to move to 2-3, 1-1.

PU has a game at Illinois on Saturday (3:30 p.m. Eastern, FS1). When head coach Jeff Brohm and the Boilers host Ohio State, they not only will be dealing with a loaded offense led by Heisman Trophy candidate Dwayne Haskins, they also will be staring at an all-time series record of 14-39-2 vs. the Scarlet and Gray.

In the last meeting between Ohio State and Purdue, Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes destroyed a PU team led by former OSU assistant Darrell Hazell, 56-0. That game was played in West Lafayette in 2013. But just two years prior to that, the Buckeyes were stunned in a 26-23 setback at Purdue in 2011. Ohio State ended that season with a mark of 6-7 under Luke Fickell.

The Buckeyes’ game at Purdue will mark OSU’s third night game in as many away contests this season. Ohio State defeated TCU in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 15 by the score of 40-28 and survived a trip to Penn State on Sept. 29 by a single point – a 27-26 victory.

There is speculation that Ohio State’s home matchup with Nebraska will be slotted into an evening start time even though the Cornhuskers currently are winless (0-5, 0-3). Ohio State’s final home game, Nov. 24 vs. archrival Michigan, is the only remaining game with a set kickoff time and television assignment (noon Eastern, FOX).

Following the game at Purdue, the Buckeyes will benefit from an open week then head into a November that includes the home games with Nebraska and Michigan sandwiched around road games at Michigan State (Nov. 10) and Maryland (Nov. 17).