One day after Ohio State and North Carolina mutually announced they'd canceled a home-and-home series due to the move to nine-game Big Ten conference schedules, the Buckeyes have announced new out-of-conference games to fill those dates.
By adding Oregon State to their 2018 slate, OSU will kick things off with three consecutive games against so-called Power 5 teams. The Bucks will open 2018 against the Beavers on Sept. 1, host Rutgers a week later on Sept. 8, and then travel to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to take on TCU. For their troubles, The Columbus Dispatch's Tim May reports Oregon State will be paid $1.7 million in appearance fees. The Buckeyes still have one game to be scheduled, Sept. 22, in order to complete the 2018 schedule.
In 2017, Ohio State will play host to the UNLV Rebels in a battle of scarlet-and-grays. The two teams will face off in Ohio Stadium Sept. 23, a week after the Buckeyes host Oklahoma. According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, the Rebels will get $1.3 million for the trip to Columbus. OSU still has a date to fill to complete their 2017 schedule with Week 2, Sept. 9 still to be announced.
The university also announced that the Buckeyes and Boston College have agreed to move their home-and-home series from 2020 and 2021 to 2023 and 2024. The Buckeyes will host BC Sept. 9, 2023 before heading to Chestnut Hill, Sept. 22, Labor Day, to take on the Eagles on the road.