Buckeye Battle Cry: What Team Would You Most Like To See Ohio State Schedule?

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Buckeye Battle Cry: What Team Would You Most Like To See Ohio State Schedule?


Ohio State just announced some scheduling news. The likes of Texas, TCU, Notre Dame and Washington are all on future dockets and it made us think — What team would you most like to see Ohio State schedule in the upcoming future? It’s the next topic on our weekly Buckeye Battle Cry.


Buckeye Battle Cry: What Team Would You Most Like To See Ohio State Schedule?

As scheduling goes, the folks at Ohio State do a fairly good job of putting a big-time inter-sectional matchup on the list of opponents on almost a yearly basis. We’ve seen Oklahoma, USC, Texas, Notre Dame, Washington and others appear in the not so distant past.

And although it’s not an exact science because of the ebbs and flows of peaks and valleys that programs go through, at least there’s an effort to get one major game in there on a consistent basis.

But it got us thinking about teams that we’d like to see the Buckeyes play that maybe they haven’t in a while. So that’s the question we’re posing to all the writers this week. If you could pick one team you’d most like to see Ohio State play in the future, who would it be?

And if you want in on this, feel free — as always — to chime in on Facebook or Twitter.

Contact/Follow Phil Harrison

This is a tough question because I feel like Ohio State fans have been spoiled with a ton of marquee matchups against those types of teams you’d like to see them play. I mean the schedule over the last few years has had the likes of Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, USC, and Virginia Tech among others. In the future, we’ll see Oregon, Notre Dame and Texas again. Name another program that goes out and tries to schedule those types of home and homes on a consistent basis.

So for me, It’s always nice to play some of those teams that are at the top, but I’d like to see a team a team that has some history but that hasn’t matched up with the Buckeyes very often. That become a bit of a short list, but I’m going off the radar a bit with Boise State.

The Broncos have arguably been the best of the non-Power Five teams out there over the last fifteen years or so, yet the Broncos have never matched up with the Buckeyes.

In the Horseshoe would be one thing, but I think Ohio State fans would get a kick out of going to an area of the country they don’t frequent very often, and get to see the Scarlet and Gray road colors on that blue field.

Sign me up.

Contact/Follow Mark Russell

I hear you on Boise State Phil, but how about Pitt? I mean who doesn’t want to stick it to Mark May as much as possible?

Actually, I’m going south. Almost anywhere south. Yeah – I’m looking at you SEC. And I’m not talking about these cop-out neutral site match-ups either. The last time a SEC team traveled to Columbus? September 24, 1988. The LSU Tigers marched into the Horseshoe as the No. 9 team in the land only to be upset 36-33 on a Greg Frey pass to Bobby Olive with 38 seconds remaining.  Ahh… the memories.

When I think of home and home contests, I think about venues I’d like to visit. With that in mind, I’d like to see Ohio State add Tennessee to the schedule sometime in the future. The contest would pit the No. 3 program in wins all time (Ohio State) against the No. 10 program in wins all time (Tennessee).

This series was actually on the docket for 2018 in Columbus and 2019 in Knoxville, however Ohio State had to cancel with conference schedule changes from an expanding Big Ten.

The Buckeyes and the Vols have only met once in their storied history.  Peyton Manning would lead Tennessee to a 20-14 victory over Ohio State in the 1996 Citrus Bowl. Ohio State would welcome the opportunity quiet Ol’ Rocky Top and get in the win column.

The home and home would also showcase two of the largest and most well known venues in all of college football – Ohio Stadium with a seating capacity of 104,944 and Neyland Stadium with 102,455.

Even with the Vols being down in the past several years, this would still be a marquee match-up and must see TV for college football fans.

Contact/Follow Terry Johnson

Yeah beating up on the SEC is always worth it, but at the risk of sounding like a grumpy old man, I’ll say that I don’t want to see Ohio State schedule a home-and-home with anyone. Instead, it should play three glorified scrimmages versus G5 opponents.

I realize that this isn’t a popular answer. As a college football fan, it actually pains me to write it, as I love marquee non-conference matchups in the first few weeks of the season.

However, as the College Football Playoff Selection Committee showed us last year, there’s absolutely no reason to do that. While the selection rules state that strength of schedule matters, the committee made it clear that records are more important than both strength of schedule and conference championships. Why else would it include a team that didn’t beat an opponent with fewer than four losses over the Big Ten champion?

Of course, Ohio State’s omission raises an important question: what would have happened if the Buckeyes scheduled a game with a MAC or C-USA opponent instead of Oklahoma? With a 12-1 record, there’s no way that the committee could have included Alabama over Ohio State without calling the integrity of the selection process into question.

That, my friends, is why I take the Bill Snyder approach to scheduling. Play some opponents that will get you ready for Big Ten play and hang half a hundred on them. Provided you capture the conference championship (without a fluke return for a FG that is), you’ll earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.

 

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