The fact that money rules everything in college athletics isn’t a secret by now. Ohio State’s latest announcement is just another example of that doctrine though.
On Thursday, Ohio State announced a few changes to its upcoming schedules and the headline was a change to the TCU series that was scheduled for the 2018-2019 seasons. Instead of playing a home-and-home series, the two teams will take part in the AT&T Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to start the 2018 season.
Ohio State announced that it would also mean the end of the home-and-home series, with the 2019 game between the two schools cancelled.
It is hard to see why the two schools wouldn’t want to go this route, with the Buckeyes and Horned Frogs getting a guaranteed $5 million payout for the one-off game.
The Buckeyes had to move some pieces around the chess board to get this game to happen, and they also announced that the 2019 non-conference game would be replaced by a visit from Miami (OH). The game will take place on Sept. 21 in between Big Ten contests against Indiana and Nebraska.
Additionally, the Buckeyes looked to add to their bumper crop of non-conference opponents from within the Power 5 conferences. OSU also announced a home-and-home series with the Washington Huskies that is scheduled to take place for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.
Ohio State will visit the Huskies on Sept. 7, 2024 and Washington will visit the Buckeyes on Sept. 15, 2025.
That brings Washington in to the fold of an impressive lineup of Power 5 opponents lined up by the Buckeyes. OSU will play Oklahoma this year to finish off a two-year series with the Sooners, while also having future series’ with Oregon, Texas, Notre Dame and Boston College on the books.
Urban Meyer and Co. certainly aren’t shying away from competition outside of the conference given these announced series’. However, will more and more of these games find the lure of multi-million dollar payments too difficult to pass up and become one-off games in the future?
It would be a shame for the college football fan, as Texas-Ohio State in Austin and Columbus is a huge win for the fan. Same with a series with Notre Dame.