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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
OSU makes changes to future schedules

By Adam Rittenberg

When the Big Ten announced its decision to introduce nine-game conference schedules in 2017, concerns were raised about the impact the move would have on nonconference scheduling.

Those concerns have been validated.

Ohio State announced Tuesday that because of the move to nine-game Big Ten schedules, it had to cancel a home-and-home series with Tennessee set for 2018 and 2019. Given how rarely Big Ten and SEC teams meet during the regular season, the Ohio State-Tennessee cancellation is rather unfortunate. Ohio State said in a news release that the schools might look at the possibility of scheduling games again in the future. But it's no guarantee.

While there are some upcoming Big Ten-SEC matchups -- Michigan-Alabama will open the 2012 season in Dallas, Michigan State and Alabama will play in 2016 and 2017 -- there aren't nearly enough regular-season games between the two most popular conferences in college football.

Ohio State announced a bit of good news Tuesday: the Buckeyes will play a home-and-home series with North Carolina in 2015 (Columbus) and 2017 (Chapel Hill). Although ACC opponents typically don't excite Big Ten fans, North Carolina is a nice addition for Ohio State.

Ohio State also announced it will host Florida A&M, an FCS team, on Sept. 7, 2013. Florida A&M will receive a guarantee of $850,000 for its appearance.

Ohio State and North Carolina have met four times previously, all in Columbus, with Ohio State winning three of the four games. The 2017 game will be Ohio State's first in Chapel Hill.

Here's a look some of Ohio State's confirmed nonconference opponents in the coming years:

2012

Sept. 1 -- Miami (Ohio)
Sept. 8 -- Central Florida
Sept. 15 -- California
Sept. 22 -- Alabama-Birmingham

2013
Aug. 31 -- Vanderbilt
Sept. 7 -- Florida A&M
Sept. 14 -- at California

2014
Aug. 30 -- at Navy
Sept. 13 -- Kent State
Sept. 20 -- Virginia Tech
Sept. 27 -- Cincinnati

2015
Sept. 5 -- North Carolina
Sept. 12 -- Northern Illinois
Sept. 19 -- at Virginia Tech

2016
Sept. 3 -- Bowling Green
Sept. 17 -- at Oklahoma

2017
Sept. 16 -- Oklahoma
Sept. 23 -- at North Carolina

2018
Sept. 8 -- Cincinnati