Ohio State Buckeyes 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

The Buckeyes welcome Oklahoma and Penn State to the Horseshoe while making trips to Lincoln, Iowa City and Ann Arbor this fall

Looking to rebound after an embarrassing 31-0 defeat to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals, Urban Meyer returns another talented group of Ohio State players intent upon making another run at a national title. With a team returning veterans to virtually every position group except the secondary, the Buckeyes should be in the thick of the race in the Big Ten and for a playoff spot right up to the very end of the 2017 regular season.

 

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While this season’s schedule has its share of challenges, Ohio State will probably be favored in virtually every contest this season, including several on the road. The questions that still remain to be answered are how effectively has Meyer and the Buckeyes solved the offensive inconsistencies that plagued them in 2016.

 

2017 Ohio State Buckeyes Schedule

 

Bye: Week 8

 

Wk Opp. Date Location
1.

Aug. 31

Bloomington, IN

For the first time in more than 40 years, Ohio State will open up the season against a Big Ten opponent. Throw in the added intrigue of former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson making his debut as Ohio State's offensive coordinator, and this will only add to the considerable anticipation for the beginning of the 2017 season.

2.

Sept. 9

Columbus, OH

Oklahoma returns to Ohio Stadium for the first time since 1977. Considering how handily the Buckeyes defeated the Sooners in Norman in 2016 (45-24), look for Oklahoma to come into Columbus eager to make amends in the eyes of college football fans across the nation.

3.

Sept. 16

Columbus, OH

This will mark the first time that Army and Ohio State have ever played. Army is coming off an 8-5 season that concluded with an overtime win over North Texas in The Heart of Dallas Bowl.

4.

Sept. 23

Columbus, OH

Another first-time meeting on the gridiron between these two programs. UNLV is coming off of a 4-8 showing in 2016 and should offer little resistance in the Horseshoe.

5. Sept. 30 Piscataway, NJ

Former Ohio State assistant Chris Ash may not be eager to welcome the Buckeyes to New Jersey. Ash’s Scarlet Knights were shut out 58-0 in Columbus last season. The rebuild for Rutgers continues, so expect more growing pains.

6.

Oct. 7

Columbus, OH

Another former Urban Meyer protégé DJ Durkin, put together a solid debut as Maryland’s head coach going 6-7 with an appearance in the Quick Lane Bowl. However, one of those losses came courtesy of the Buckeyes, a 62-3 mauling at home.

7.

Oct. 14

Lincoln, NE

Ohio State will make its first trip to Lincoln since the 2011 season. Ohio State has not lost to Nebraska since that game, putting up more than 60 points in a pair of home victories over the Cornhuskers in 2012 and last season.

9.

Oct. 28

Columbus, OH

Revenge will be on the minds of every Ohio State coach, player and fan, as the Nittany Lions will make a trip to Ohio Stadium. Last year's stunning, come-from-behind victory snapped a four game winning streak for the Buckeyes against their division rivals.

10.

Nov. 4

Iowa City, IA

Trips to Iowa are few and far between. This game will mark the first time the Buckeyes have traveled to Iowa City since the 2010 season, a game that has since been vacated from the record books. Iowa last defeated Ohio State at home in 2004.

11. Nov. 11 Columbus, OH

These teams have split the past two meetings against each other with the road team winning each time. Ohio State will try to buck that trend this season, and don’t be surprised if it’s another close. The last two games have been decided by a total of four points.

12. Nov. 18 Columbus, OH

Former Ohio State secondary coach (1996) Lovie Smith will bring his Fighting Illini to Ohio Stadium for the Buckeyes’ final home game. Illinois hung pretty tough with Ohio State the last time these two teams played, losing 28-3 in Champaign in 2015.

13. Nov. 25 Ann Arbor, MI

After last season’s excruciating double-overtime loss that cost the Wolverines a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game you know Jim Harbaugh will be pulling out all the stops with the Buckeyes coming to the Big House. Michigan also will be looking for its first win in “The Game” since 2011. It’s only fitting that this would decide the East Division (and perhaps more) yet again.

 

— Written by Chip Minnich, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @ChipMinnich.

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