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Ohio State 2014 football schedule: Big Ten conference slate set

Maryland and Rutgers joining the conference forced the league to reshuffle a few things for the new conference slate. Here is who the Buckeyes will be playing in 2014, where, and when.

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First, a quick refresher on Ohio State's nonconference schedule for 2014:

August 30th – vs Navy in Baltimore, MD (2012 record: 8-5)

Sept 13th – vs Kent State (2012 record 11-3)

Sept 20th – vs Virginia Tech (2012 record 7-6)

Sept 27th –vs Cincinnati (2012 record 10-3)

Note that the 9 game Big Ten conference schedule doesn't kick in until 2016, so even though the league will switch to East/West in 2014, so Ohio State can keep 4 non-conference games.

The Big Ten released the full football schedule for the league today. Here's what we have for the Buckeyes:

October 4 – at Maryland

October 11 – Bye

October 18 – Rutgers

October 25 – at Penn State

November 1 – Illinois

November 8 – at Michigan State

November 15 – at Minnesota

November 22 – Indiana

November 29 – Michigan

December 6 – Big Ten Championship Game

All in all, it should be a much more challenging road for the Buckeyes than their slate for this season. While it's probably unlikely that Kent State remains a double digit win team without Darrell Hazell coaching, they could still be good enough to be feisty, while Navy, Cincinnati and Virginia Tech will all likely be tougher outs than Buffalo and Florida A&M.

Ohio State has never played Rutgers or Maryland before.