The Ohio State football schedule for 2024 and 2025 was recently unveiled, revealing a fairly favorable draw for the Buckeyes. With USC and UCLA joining the Big Ten, the conference was forced to reconsider its scheduling format. This led to the introduction of a flex scheduling system, which will see each Big Ten member playing all the other teams at least once every two years.
Michigan remains the only protected rival for Ohio State, meaning the two teams will continue to face each other every year. The first cycle of the new flex schedule will also feature home and away games with Illinois and Northwestern in 2024 and 2025.
The Buckeyes seem poised for success in 2024, as they avoid playing USC in the first year and instead head to Los Angeles to take on UCLA. They will host Michigan at home, with their toughest road challenge being Penn State.
The 2024 Ohio State football schedule includes games against Southern Miss, Western Michigan, Marshall, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, UCLA, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, and Rutgers.
The 2025 schedule is more difficult to pin down, as it is still incomplete. The Buckeyes need to secure a third out-of-conference opponent, but they will face both Texas and USC at home and battle Michigan on the road.
Key games in the 2025 Ohio State football schedule include matchups against Texas, UConn, Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, and USC.