Ohio State Buckeyes 2016 Football Schedule and Analysis

The Buckeyes have an early-season showdown against Oklahoma and finish the season with back-to-back games against Michigan State and Michigan

Ohio State is coming off a 12-1 2015 season that culminated in a 44-28 victory over Notre Dame in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl. Heading into the 2016 season, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer faces a challenging schedule, with over half of his roster comprised of freshmen and redshirt freshmen (44 out of 85 scholarship players).

 

These players, while inexperienced, are tremendously talented and were heavily recruited. For the Buckeyes to be discussed in the Big Ten Conference race, and the national championship conversation, Meyer and the Ohio State fan base will have to hope these players are quick learners.


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2016 Ohio State Buckeyes Schedule

 

Bye: Week 4

 

Wk Opp. Date Location
1.

Sept. 3

12 PM ET

BTN

Columbus, OH

Bowling Green opens up the 2016 season with its first visit to Ohio Stadium since the 2006 season. This game will be the debut of new Falcons head coach Mike Jinks. Jinks was formerly the assistant head coach/running backs coach for Texas Tech.

2.

Sept. 10

3:30 PM ET

ABC

Columbus, OH

Week two will be the first-ever meeting between Ohio State and Tulsa. Tulsa comes off a 2015 season that saw the Golden Hurricane go 6-7 and finish fourth in the American Athletic Conference's West Division.

3.

Sept. 17

7:30 PM ET

FOX

Norman, OK

Barometer Game Ohio State travels to Norman, Okla., for the first time since 1983. This potential primetime matchup will give Ohio State fans an idea if the young Buckeyes will be able to keep pace with the Sooners, a squad that is coming off of a College Football Playoff appearance.

5.

Oct. 1

12 PM ET

Columbus, OH

Former Ohio State assistant coach Chris Ash makes his return to Columbus with his new team. Ohio State has defeated Rutgers the last two seasons by an average score of 53-12.

6. Oct. 8 Columbus, OH

Indiana has played Ohio State tough the last two seasons, with impressive offensive performances. Ohio State has not lost to Indiana in Ohio Stadium since 1987, when Meyer was a graduate assistant under former Buckeyes head coach Earle Bruce.

7.

Oct. 15

8 PM ET

ABC/ESPN/2

Madison, WI

The last time Ohio State and Wisconsin met was in 2014 for the B1G championship when the Buckeyes routed the Badgers 59-0. Camp Randall Stadium always is rocking whenever the Buckeyes come to town, and this game should not be any exception.

8.

Oct. 22

8 PM ET

ABC/ESPN/2

State College, PA

Ohio State survived a double overtime win over the Nittany Lions in their last visit to Beaver Stadium. It would not be surprising if Penn State designates this game as a "white out" affair against the Buckeyes.

9.

Oct. 29

5:30 PM ET

ESPN/ESPN2

Columbus, OH

Northwestern makes its first trip to Ohio Stadium since the 2007 season, a 58-7 Buckeye victory. Northwestern is coming off a 2015 season that saw the Wildcats go 10-3 and finish second in the B1G's West Division.

10.

Nov. 5

8 PM ET

ABC/ESPN/2

Columbus, OH

Nebraska is coming off a disappointing 6-7 season under Mike Riley. The Cornhuskers should be a contender for the B1G West Division in 2016.

11. Nov. 12 College Park, MD

Maryland will be trying to get back to winning football under new head coach D.J. Durkin. Like Chris Ash, Durkin also is a former Meyer protégé, having coached under Meyer at Bowling Green and Florida.

12. Nov. 19 East Lansing, MI

Revenge Game Ever since Meyer became Ohio State's head coach in 2012, these games against the Spartans have been close, physically taxing, and pivotal as it relates to the conference race. These teams have split their past four meetings.

13. Nov. 26 Columbus, OH

The Game Superlatives always abound (“That Team Up North,” Rivalry Game, etc.) when it comes to this contest. With Jim Harbaugh rapidly improving the Wolverines, this could be the matchup that determines the B1G's East Division champion.

 

— Written by Chip Minnich, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a diehard Ohio State fan. Follow him on Twitter @ChipMinnich.

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