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The Buckeyes and Longhorns won't face off until 2025.

Ohio State’s series with Texas pushed back; examining Tate Martell’s role in Buckeyes offense

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Ohio State moves back Texas series

Ohio State won’t have to worry about facing Texas and Notre Dame in the same season. The Buckeyes announced Wednesday they are moving back the dates of their future home-and-home series with the Longhorns. Ohio State and Texas will now face off in 2025 (in Austin) and 2026 (in Columbus). They were originally scheduled to meet in the 2022 and 2023 seasons, the same years Ohio State also has Notre Dame on its nonconference slate. Will Urban Meyer and Tom Herman both be at their respective schools in seven years? We’ll have to wait and see.

The Buckeyes also announced they’ve added games against Buffalo in 2020 and Akron in 2021 to round out their nonconference schedules for those seasons.

Ohio State-TCU will be in prime time

Ohio State only has to wait four more months to face a different Texas team. The Buckeyes and TCU square off on Sept. 15 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. That game will kick off at 8 p.m. ET, ABC announced Wednesday. Ohio State could wind up having a pair of night games in its first two road contests as the Buckeyes play at Penn State on Sept. 29. Urban Meyer spoke out against having too many night games during last season.

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Without Joe Burrow, what’s Tate Martell’s role in the offense?

Tate Martell moved up on Ohio State’s quarterback depth chart last week when Joe Burrow announced he was transferring. Martell will enter the 2018 season as Dwayne Haskins’ backup, but the Buckeyes will still try to get Martell on the field in various situations. Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn examined Martell’s role in Ohio State’s 2018 offense now that the QB situation has some clarity.

Urban Meyer visits police deputy in hospital

Meyer took some time out of his schedule this week to visit Franklin County deputy Jacob Heaberlin, who was shot in the line of duty Saturday. Heaberlin is recovering at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, and he looked delighted to see Ohio State’s head coach.

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