This is exactly what college football needs. Two powerhouse programs having the guts to schedule a game that could decide one another’s season. Ohio State and Oregon have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2020 and 2021, the schools announced Tuesday.
The first game of the series will be in Eugene on Sept. 12, 2020, then the Ducks will travel to the Horse Shoe in Columbus on Sept. 11, 2021. Despite these games being years away, the anticipation is exciting. You have to give Wisconsin and Ohio State credit for going out and bulking up their schedules in the Big Ten, it’s certainly going to pay off and help their strength of schedule.
Both squads have met eight times, with the last contest being the 2010 Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes beat up the Ducks 26-17 and wont 10-7 in the 1958 Rose Bowl. There isn’t too much history between the two schools but we can only imagine the rivalry that might build in the future after OSU’s bowl ban is over and Urban Meyer has all his recruiting classes on the team.
Ohio State might have the edge on Wisconsin in future nonconference scheduling. The Buckeyes added home-and-home series with TCU (2018 and 2019) and Texas (2022 and 2023). They also added Tulsa and Central Michigan to the list.
The Big Ten needs to continue to beef up their schedules across the league, especially after this season. The conference is looked down upon by their contemporaries and need all the help they can get to strengthen their schedule with the new upcoming playoff format.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.
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