Hold your beers, Buckeyes!
If you had plans to head out to Oregon come September to see the Buckeyes take on the Ducks, you’ll have to put your cooler back in the garage, because cross-country football road trips are on hiatus for 2020.
According to reports from The Athletic and ESPN, the Big Ten Conference is going to announce conference-only play for fall athletics. You can read the official statement from the Big Ten here.
The Big Ten is the first of the Power 5 conferences to announce the decision to scrap non-conference games. After losing non-conference games with the Big Ten, the Pac-12 is expected to make a similar announcement, according to The Athletic.
Some of the reasons behind a conference-only schedule include cutting down on travel while also making sure that athletes are being tested diligently for COVID-19.
There is support amongst Big Ten teams to keep one non-conference game, but the majority support a shortened 10-game schedule.
If this were the case, and basing it off of the original 2020 OSU football schedule, here is who the Buckeyes would match up against this fall:
- vs. Rutgers on Sept. 26
- vs. Iowa on Oct. 10
- @ Michigan State on Oct. 17
- @ Penn State on Oct. 24
- vs. Nebraska on Oct. 31
- vs. Indiana on Nov. 7
- @ Maryland on Nov. 14
- @ Illinois on Nov. 21
- vs. Michigan on Nov. 28
As long as we get to beat Xichigan, right? You can keep an eye on the OSU football schedule here.