Chris Holtmann and his staff are busy on the recruiting trail, but with the season starting in a mere four months, they are also busy preparing their current players as for what’s ahead well. In the midst of the offseason, Ohio State released the full non-conference schedule for Holtmann’s first season leading the Buckeyes. Here it is:
- November 10: vs. Robert Morris
- November 12: vs. Radford
- November 16: vs. Texas Southern
- November 19: vs. Northeastern
- November 23: vs. Gonzaga*
- Novemer 24: vs. Florida or Stanford*
- November 26: TBA*
- November 29: vs. Clemson**
- December 9: vs. William and Mary
- December 16: vs. Appalachian State
- December 19: vs. The Citadel
- December 23: vs. North Carolina***
- December 30: vs. Miami (Ohio)
*Denotes games that are in the Phil Knight Invitational and will be played in Portland, Oregon.
**Ohio State will take on Clemson in this year’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
***Denotes the CBSSports Classic, which will be played in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Unlike in previous seasons, the scarlet and gray could go against at least three teams that will be ranked to start the season: Gonzaga, Florida, and North Carolina. The Bulldogs and Tar Heels, who faced off in the national championship this past April, will not only be the two toughest opponents Ohio State will face out of conference, but they could possibly be the their two toughest opponents of the entire regular season.
The Buckeyes will be taking on four schools for the first team in its history: Texas Southern, William and Mary, Appalachian State, and The Citadel. Although it will be their first meeting for each school, Ohio State should have no problem winning all four games. Eight of their nine home games prior to Big Ten play are against mid-major opponents. Also, they will not play a true road game out of conference with their four games away from Columbus all being in tournaments.
In his first press conference after being named head coach of the Buckeyes, Holtmann made it known that he wants to have a much tougher non-conference schedule. Due to him not being hired until June, Holtmann couldn’t have any influence on this season’s schedule. Although Ohio State is set to play schools such as Gonzaga, North Carolina, and possibly Florida, the head coach doesn’t want so many “easy” teams on his team’s schedule going forward.