Ohio State and UNLV will square off at at noon ET on Saturday, Sept. 23.
The Buckeyes were originally supposed to host North Carolina that weekend, but the schools agreed to cancel that home-and-home series once the Big Ten decided to move to a nine-game conference schedule. The Tar Heels were replaced with a home game against UNLV in 2017 and a home game against Oregon State in 2018.
Ohio State-UNLV, Week 4 date, game time
Time: noon ET
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23
Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State-UNLV series history
This will be the first ever meeting between Ohio State and UNLV. The programs are pretty far apart historically. While the Buckeyes claim eight national championships and perennially contend for titles, the Rebels have an all-time record of 242–318–4 and have been to four bowl games in their history.
UNLV’s season didn’t get off to a great start in 2017. The Rebels lost their first game 43-40 to Howard despite being a 45-point favorite. That gave them the distinction of suffering the biggest upset in terms of point spread in college football history — a fitting honor giving their location in the betting capital of the United States.
This game will wrap up non-conference play for Ohio State and will come a week after the Buckeyes face off against Army. Ohio State only has three non-conference games this year but unconventionally opened the season with a Big Ten game, which pushed the non-conference schedule out to Week 4.
There’s a bit of a connection between the two programs thanks to Ohio State’s recent recruiting success out West. The Buckeyes signed two players from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman in the Class of 2017 — quarterback Tate Martell and defensive tackle Haskell Garrett. Martell is not expected to play this season, but Garrett has already seen time for the Buckeyes.
The Rebels are led by former Bishop Gorman coach Tony Sanchez, who is the brother of current coach Kenny Sanchez — the man Martell and Garrett played for in high school.