Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Ohio State to open 2013 vs. Vanderbilt
By ESPN.com staff
A day packed with Big Ten scheduling news continues as Ohio State has announced it will open the 2013 season against Vanderbilt in Columbus.
Vanderbilt is the second confirmed opponent on Ohio State's 2013 slate. The Buckeyes will host the Commodores on Aug. 31 and visit California on Sept. 14. The addition ensures Ohio State will play two nonconference games against opponents from AQ conferences, as it will this season (Miami, Colorado). Ohio State typically opens the season against smaller, in-state programs and hasn't kicked off a year against an opponent from an AQ conference since Washington in 2003.
It will be interesting to see what type of Vanderbilt team the Buckeyes face in 2013. Vanderbilt opened the coffers during its recent coaching search and wants to upgrade the program to compete better in the SEC. The 'Dores are no strangers to opening their season against the Big Ten, doing so against Michigan in 2006 and Northwestern in 2010.
It marks the fifth meeting between the schools and the most recent since 1933. Ohio State holds a 3-1 edge in the all-time series.