- Josh Moyer, ESPN Staff Writer
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Well, that didn't take long.
A day after the Ohio State Buckeyes announced they had canceled their 2017-2018 series with the North Carolina Tar Heels, they have already found two replacements: the Oregon State Beavers and the UNLV Rebels. OSU will play the Rebels on Sept. 23, 2017, and will open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against the Beavers.
The news shouldn't come as much of a disappointment to Buckeyes fans, if at all. UNC and OSU last met in 1975, so the dropped series wasn't a huge loss. Sure, it would've been interesting to see North Carolina's quarterback, Ohio native Mitch Trubisky, potentially play his hometown team. But, with this switch, the Buckeyes get another home game.
Seems like a win-win. UNC might have provided for a better matchup than UNLV, but there's not a huge competitive difference between the Tar Heels and Beavers. Both teams finished 7-6 last season and won a bowl, while finishing the regular season at 8-4 the season before that.
It's not a big change for the Buckeyes or their fans. But the program exchanges one game for another that should be just as good, and it gets another home game. Things could definitely be worse.
In other scheduling news, Ohio State also announced Thursday that the Boston College home-and-home series has been moved back three years -- from 2020 and 2021 to 2023 and 2024.