COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football is returning to the place where it won the first College Football Playoff championship.
The Buckeyes announced on Thursday that their 2018 away game against TCU will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In order to do so, Ohio State eliminated its previously 2019 home date with the Horned Frogs.
The Buckeyes last played in the home of the Dallas Cowboys — nicknamed “Jerry World” after team owner Jerry Jones — in their 2015 College Football Playoff Championship Game victory vs. Oregon. Both teams will receive $5 million for the contest.
“The Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium reached out to TCU about moving their 2018 home game with Ohio State to Artlington,” Jarmond, recently named the Director of Athletics at Boston College, said in a statement. “TCU contacted us and we are thrilled to return to a site that has such a wonderful memories of all Buckeye fans.”
According to Ohio State Deputy Director of Athletics Martin Jarmond, the Buckeyes were only comfortable with eliminating TCU from its 2019 slate because of the strength of its Big Ten schedule. Ohio State typically attempts to schedule at least one tentpole out of conference game each season, but now the Buckeyes’ highest profile non-conference opponent in two years will be Cincinnati.
Ohio State replaces its previously scheduled home date with the Horned Frogs with a matchup against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 21, 2019.
The Buckeyes’ schedule, however, balances out in the Big Ten portion of their slate, when they’ll face Nebraska and Northwestern on the road, Wisconsin and Penn State at home and Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The Buckeyes and Horned Frogs will square off on Sept. 15, 2018.
In addition to its date in Jerry World, Ohio State also announced a home-and-home series with Washington, slated for 2024 and 2025. The Buckeyes will travel to Seattle in 2024, before hosting the Huskies in Columbus the following year.
According to Jarmond, series with the Huskies came together during a a meeting at the College Football Playoff in December.
In addition to Washington, the Buckeyes also have a number of high profile out-of-conference games for the future scheduled, including dates with Oregon (2020, 2021), Notre Dame (2022, 2023), Texas (2022, 2023) and Boston College (2026, 2027).
The Buckeyes also announced future home dates with Bowling Green (2020) and Tulsa (2021) on Thursday.
Ohio State 2018 schedule
Sept. 1 – Oregon State
Sept. 8 – Rutgers
Sept. 15 – vs. TCU (at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas)
Sept. 22 – Tulane
Sept. 29 – at Penn State
Oct. 6 – Indiana
Oct. 13 – Minnesota
Oct 20 – at Purdue
Oct. 27 – Off
Nov. 3 – Nebraska
Nov. 10 – at Michigan State
Nov. 17 – at Maryland
Nov. 24 – Maryland
Nov. 24 – Michigan
Dec. – Big Ten Championship Game