Aug. 4, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio: Ohio State officials confirmed today that the Buckeyes and Oklahoma would meet in a two-game, home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017.
"We still have a few details to work out, including where the first game will be, but we have an agreement in principle," said Steve Snapp, associate director of athletics. "We want to play a marquee game every year, either home or away, and Oklahoma certainly fits into that category. Our hope down the road is to continue to add high profile games and to be able to play at sites where we have not traditionally played."
Snapp noted that between now and 2016 the Buckeyes have series scheduled with Southern California (2008-09), Miami, Fla. (2010-11), the University of California (2012-13) and Virginia Tech (2014-15).
This will be just the third and fourth meetings between Ohio State and Oklahoma. The series is tied at 1-1, the Sooners defeating Ohio State 29-28 in 1977 in Columbus and the Buckeyes prevailing 24-14 in Norman in 1983.
Ohio State also released its schedules through 2010. The Buckeyes, who have an open date to fill in 2010, will play seven home games each of those years.
"One of our basic tenets in scheduling is to schedule as many home games as we can," Snapp said. "In 2012, we hope to play eight games in Ohio Stadium."
The four-year schedule includes back-to-back games with Youngstown State in 2007 and 2008. Both games will be played in Columbus. The Buckeyes also will play a home-and-home series with Army in 2009 and 2010. The two teams will play in Columbus in 2009 and either at Army or in the Meadowlands in 2010.
"The schedule the next four years is in keeping with our philosophy of playing in-state schools whenever we can," said Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith. "Both Coach (Jim) Tressel and I believe strongly in that."
|10/27||@ Penn State|
|9/13||@ Southern California|
|10/18||@ Michigan State|
|9/19||Toledo (in Cleveland)|
|10/31||New Mexico State|
|11/7||@ Penn State|