2013 Ohio State football schedule: Dates, toughest opponents and more


The Buckeyes are among the favorites for the 2013 BCS title, but will the weak Big Ten hurt them more than help them? Let's take a look.

The Ohio State Buckeyes went 12-0 in Urban Meyer's first season at the helm but couldn't compete for the BCS Championship due to NCAA sanctions. Those sanctions are gone in 2013, and Heisman hopeful Braxton Miller is back to lead the Buckeyes for another run at an undefeated season. Will playing in the Big Ten be a boon for Ohio State's chances, or will the weak conference schedule doom them in the computers? Let's take a look at how their schedule breaks down.

2013 Ohio State schedule

Date Opponent Conf. Projected ranking

8/31/2013 Buffalo MAC 97

9/7/2013 San Diego State MWC 60

9/14/2013 at Cal PAC 73

9/21/2013 Florida A&M FCS

9/28/2013 Wisconsin B1G 14

10/5/2013 at Northwestern B1G 35

10/12/2013 Open Date

10/19/2013 Iowa B1G 40

10/26/2013 Penn State B1G 22

11/2/2013 at Purdue B1G 79

11/9/2013 Open Date

11/16/2013 at Illinois B1G 87

11/23/2013 Indiana B1G 62

11/30/2013 at Michigan B1G 28

12/7/2013 B1G Championship (Indianapolis)

Date Opponent Conf. Projected ranking

Projections from Football Outsiders' 2013 college football almanac.

Ohio State probably has the easiest road to the national championship of any contender in the nation. Whether that helps them or hurts them is another story. Out of conference, they have a tricky game against Cal in Berkeley, but they should be able to come back to Columbus with a win. Once they enter conference play, they basically need to beat Wisconsin and then avoid any upsets along the way to clinch a spot in the Big Ten title game.

The three biggest games on Ohio State's Big Ten schedule are Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, they play both Wisconsin and Penn State at home, but will face a difficult game up in Ann Arbor. It's easy to imagine a scenario where the Buckeyes and Wolverines play on back-to-back weekends, with the second game coming in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title.

Everything is set up for the Buckeyes to make another undefeated run. Their difficult games are separated, they don't play back-to-back road games all year and they avoid potentially difficult games against Nebraska and Michigan State. Going undefeated in consecutive seasons is a Herculean task in college football, but Urban Meyer is set up well to start his Ohio State career 25-0.

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