It’s almost time for the college football season to kickoff. This weekend, the Ohio State Buckeyes begin their 2013 campaign. Quarterback Braxton Miller and head coach Urban Meyer will be looking to continue their unbeaten streak.
This year, the Buckeyes will have a tough four-game stretch to end the season. They’ll play at Purdue, at Illinois, and at home against Indiana before going on the road against Michigan in their annual rivalry game. To get a better look at their schedule, let’s go game by game.
Saturday, Aug. 31 – Buffalo
The Buckeyes begin their season with a softball. Their matchup against Buffalo should be a good warm up test.
Saturday, Sept. 7 – San Diego St
The Aztec’s roll into Columbus thinking upset. Don’t expect them to come close to the Buckeyes. Again, a good warmup contest for Urban Meyer’s squad.
Saturday, Sept. 14 – @ California
Last year, the Buckeyes almost fell victim to an early season upset at home against the Golden Bears. They narrowly defeated Cal 35-28. This year, they travel to California. It’s an intriguing matchup, and one to keep an eye on. The Buckeyes should be able to take care of business.
Saturday, Sept. 21 – Florida A&M
Any sort of execution troubles that arise during the Cal game will get a chance to be worked out here. This is the Buckeyes’ last game before they begin their treacherous Big Ten Conference schedule. Like weeks one and two, this should be a good final tune up game.
Saturday, Sept. 28 – Wisconsin
In 2012, the Buckeyes rolled into Wisconsin to take on the Badgers in a game that many gave the Badgers a chance to win. The Buckeyes then narrowly defeated Wisconsin 21-14 in overtime. This year, the two teams will square off in Columbus. While they get to play their conference foes at home, the Buckeyes have quite the challenge early in the season.
Saturday, Oct. 5 – @ Northwestern
This will be the first time since 2008 that the Wildcats and the Buckeyes square off. The game will be a nationally televised event and, if preseason expectations hold true, it will be a good one. The Wildcats have a solid running attack this year, and they will be looking to pull off an upset at home in primetime.
Saturday, Oct. 19 – Iowa
The last time the Buckeyes played the Hawkeyes, they beat Iowa 20-17 in a 2010 meeting. Since then, Iowa has dropped off. But, with Hawkeyes sandwiched between the Northwestern and Penn State games, this could be a trap for the Buckeyes.
Saturday, Oct. 26 – Penn State
No matter what, the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions always play a great game. Don’t expect anything different this year. Last season, the Buckeyes won in Happy Valley 35-23. Expect a closely contested matchup this year.
Saturday, Nov. 2 – @ Purdue
Last year, this matchup was nearly a disaster for the Buckeyes. The Boilermakers rolled into Columbus and almost defeated OSU, if it hadn’t have been for backup quarterback Kenny Guiton. The Buckeyes won 29-22 in overtime. This year, the Buckeyes will be sure not to get tripped up by the Boilermakers.
Saturday, Nov. 16 – @ Illinois
In the past five years or so, the Illini have been able to challenge the Buckeyes. After a 52-22 drubbing by the Buckeyes in Columbus last year, the Buckeyes seem to have put the pesky Illini back in their place.
Saturday, Nov. 23 – Indiana
The Hoosiers gave the Buckeyes all they could handle in their 2012 matchup. Ohio State escaped Indiana with a narrow 52-49 victory. The Hoosiers could catch the Buckeyes looking ahead to their season finale with the Wolverines. Keep an eye on this one.
Saturday, Nov. 30 – @ Michigan
This game could have all the makings of a Big Ten Championship game preview. The annual rivalry between the Buckeyes and Wolverines, which Michigan leads 58-44, gets renewed for a 109th time in the Big House. If you want a late-season game of the week, this is one to consider.
The college football season is almost upon us. By taking a glance at their schedule, it looks as though the Buckeyes have a good chance to go undefeated again. But, it won’t come easy. Some games will be tight, and fun for the fans to watch.