Posted: 7:19 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
By Adam Waters
With Ohio State's 2014 football schedule set in stone, the attention turns to what's on the horizon for the Buckeyes in 2015. Louisville head coach Charlie Strong mentioned earlier in the week that he'd love to play OSU and his friend Urban Meyer, but that doesn't look like within the realm of possibilities any time soon.
But what a home-and-home logistically challenging if not impossible, what about a neutral site game in Cincinnati, say in 2015? That's not any more likely. But the Buckeyes still have a number of vacancies to square away for the '15 season – and could have another before the know it.
Ohio State associate athletic director Martin Jarmond told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that even with two spots already open for the 2015 season, the Buckeyes may find themselves with a third shortly. According to Jarmond, Northern Illinois may have a complication with their currently scheduled September 12, 2015 trip to Columbus that could culminate in a cancellation.
Part of that may understandably be cold feet for soon-to-be first year head coach Rod Carey, who's attempting to make the rare move from offensive line coach to the head man on a team coming off joining an elite fraternity of glass ceiling shattering non-power conference football teams who made their way to a BCS bowl. Though we all know that ended somewhat ignominiously, it wouldn't be surprising for a rookie head coach to have doubts about wanting to play one of the elite power conference teams on the road in the post-College Football Playoff era in the country during just his potential third year in charge.
The only other set in stone matchup for the Buckeyes in 2015 is a Week 3 trip to Blacksburg to renew acquaintances with premiere 2014 non-conference foe, Virginia Tech. With weeks one & four still needing an opponent (and Week 2 rapidly looking less certain), which teams could the Buckeyes wind up squaring off with?
We've previously explored the subject, and most of the options aren't exactly glamorous. Syracuse, Houston, Louisiana Tech, and the service academies are just a few of the options still available for the Bucks this late in the game. The question remains is whether a school like Syracuse would be willing to take a one-off road game arrangement, or more likely (as their fans are quick to point out), push for a delayed return trip to somewhere like MetLife Stadium a decade down the road.
Who do you think Ohio State should potentially look into taking on with a potential three openings for the 2015 football schedule? Let us know in the comments below.