Friday, November 2, 2012
Buckeyes add San Diego State to 2013 slate
By Adam Rittenberg
Ohio State's scheduling blitz continued Friday with the announcement of a home game with San Diego State that completes the 2013 schedule.
The Buckeyes had to scramble after Vanderbilt cancelled the season opener, scheduled for Aug. 31 in Columbus. Ohio State instead will open the season at home against Buffalo before hosting San Diego State on Sept. 7.
San Diego State and Ohio State have met three times, all Buckeyes victories at Ohio Stadium. The teams played in 2001, 2003 and 2005. San Diego State becomes a member of the Big East Conference in 2013.
"We have had an excellent relationship with SDSU over the years with three exciting, competitive games since 2001," Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement.
The Buffalo game, initially scheduled for Sept. 21, moves up to Aug. 31. A home game against Florida A&M, scheduled for Sept. 7, now will take place Sept. 21. Ohio State also visits Cal on Sept. 14.
San Diego State isn't a bad addition at all, especially on short notice, but the overall strength of Ohio State's non-league schedule isn't great, especially with Cal struggling so much. The schedule factor could come into play if Ohio State is in the mix for a national title. This most certainly doesn't generate the same buzz as Ohio State's other recent schedule additions like Texas and Oregon, but under the circumstances, Smith did well.
Here's Ohio State's complete 2013 schedule:
Aug. 31: Buffalo
Sept. 7: San Diego State
Sept. 14: at Cal
Sept. 21: Florida A&M
Sept. 28: Wisconsin
Oct. 5: at Northwestern
Oct. 12: Open
Oct. 19: Iowa
Oct. 26: Penn State
Nov. 2: at Purdue
Nov. 9: Open
Nov. 16: at Illinois
Nov. 23: Indiana
Nov. 30: at Michigan