The first game of the series will take place Sept. 1, 2018, in Knoxville in the season opener for both teams that year. It will be followed by a Sept. 7, 2019, game at Columbus.
“Tennessee-Ohio State is a great natural match-up for two tradition-laden schools that are less than 400 miles apart,” said Steve Snapp, OSU associate athletic director. “Playing the Volunteers for the first time during the regular season will be a great series for our fans.”
Tennessee will represent another conference that consistently gets more credit than the Big Ten in the SEC. This game will allegedly be the first “on-campus” meeting between the Buckeyes and an SEC opponent since World War II. These two went at it in 1996 (1995 season) during the Citrus Bowl. Unfortunately, the final score was in Tennessee’s favor, 20-14. This bowl loss was after a Heisman-winning season from Eddie George. Quite the coincidence.