Thursday, May 16, 2013

Breaking down Ohio State's 2014 football schedule

Ohio State released a finalized 2014 schedule Thursday. Let's take an early look at what should be Urban Meyer's third season in Columbus.

Aug. 30 vs. Navy (at M&T Bank Stadium) -- At least one Ohio team will win on the Baltimore Ravens' home field in 2014.

Sept. 13 vs. Kent State -- If the 2014 Golden Flashes resemble the 2012 version, don't look for the Buckeyes to cover the point spread.

Sept. 20 vs. Virginia Tech -- Will Frank Beamer still be coaching the Hokies? 

Sept. 27 vs. Cincinnati -- Anybody know what conference Cincinnati will be in by 2014? 

Oct. 4 at Maryland -- The Terrapins' first Big Ten home game. And the Terrapins first Big Ten sellout. 

Oct. 18 vs. Rutgers -- Fortunately, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood isn't known for chucking footballs at players.

Oct. 25 at Penn State -- Year 3 of Penn State's sanction period. Maybe Bill O'Brien will be coaching the Browns by this point. 

Nov. 1 vs. Illinois -- Ohio native Tim Beckman won't be around for this game if Illinois' 2013 resembles its disastrous 2012.

Nov. 8 at Michigan State -- One can only hope the Urban Meyer-Mark Dantonio tiff escalates. Coach-vs.-coach rivalries add needed spice to Big Ten. See, SEC.

Nov. 15 at Minnesota -- Thinking about this kickoff temperature makes one shiver.

Nov. 22 vs. Indiana -- The Buckeyes' third bye week of 2014.

Nov. 29 vs. Michigan -- In the words of Brady Hoke, nobody "chickening" out of this game. Jim Delany wouldn't allow it, either.

Dec. 6 Big Ten title game -- Meyer displaying bold side by allowing his PR staff to already insert this into the schedule.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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