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Daniel Wilco | January 1, 2020

Ohio State football schedule 2019: Dates, times, opponents, results

Clemson defeats Ohio State, 29-23, in the College Football Playoff

Ohio State missed out on the College Football Playoff in 2018, but finished the year 13-1 while beating Washington 28-23 in the Rose Bowl.

But the Buckeyes ended up making it back to the CFP in 2019, losing to Clemson in the semifinals.

Ohio State football schedule 2019: Dates, times, opponents, results

Here is the full, detailed schedule for Ohio State’s 2019 football season, with past games and results first, then the TV schedule for future games below.

Opponent Date Time (ET) Location RESULT
Florida Atlantic Saturday, Aug. 31 12 p.m Columbus, OH W, 45-21
Cincinnati Saturday, Sept. 7 12 p.m Columbus, OH W, 42-0
Indiana Saturday, Sept. 14 12 p.m. Bloomington, IN W, 51-10
Miami (Ohio) Saturday, Sept. 21 3:30 p.m. Columbus, OH W, 76-5
Nebraska Saturday, Sept. 28 7:30 p.m. Lincoln, NE W, 48-7
Michigan State Saturday, Oct. 5 7:30 p.m. Columbus, OH W, 34-10
Northwestern Friday, Oct. 18 8:30 p.m. Evanston, IL W, 52-3
Wisconsin Saturday, Oct. 26 12 p.m. Columbus, OH W, 38-7
Maryland Saturday, Nov. 9 12 p.m. Columbus, OH W, 73-14
Rutgers Saturday, Nov. 16 3:30 p.m. Piscataway, NJ W, 56-21
Penn State Saturday, Nov. 23 12 p.m. Columbus, OH W, 28-17
Michigan Saturday, Nov. 30 12 p.m. Ann Arbor, MI W, 56-27
(Big Ten Championship)
Saturday, Dec. 7 8 p.m. Indianapolis, IN W, 34-21
(Fiesta Bowl-CFP Semifinals)
Saturday, Dec. 28 8:20 p.m. Glendale, AZ L, 29-23

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You can find tickets to each of Ohio State’s home games here. Prices range from $48 to $223.

2018’s results

The Buckeyes went 13-1 last year, beating their opponents by an average score of 42-26. Their lone loss came in the regular season to Purdue, which won at home, 49-20.

Here’s what happened in every game of Ohio State’s 2018 schedule:

Opponent Date Location Result Score
Oregon State Saturday, September 1 Columbus, OH W 77-31
Rutgers Saturday, September 8 Columbus, OH W 52-3
TCU Saturday, September 15 Arlington, TEX W 40-28
Tulane Saturday, September 22 Columbus, OH W 49-6
Penn State Saturday, September 29 State College, PA W 27-26
Indiana Saturday, October 6 Columbus, OH W 49-26
Minnesota Saturday, October 13 Columbus, OH W 30-14
Purdue Saturday, October 20 West Lafayette, IND L 49-20
Nebraska Saturday, November 3 Columbus, OH W 36-31
Michigan State Saturday, November 10 East Lansing, MICH W 26-6
Maryland Saturday, November 17 College Park, MD W 52-51 (OT)
Michigan Saturday, November 24 Columbus, OH W 62-39
Northwestern Saturday, December 1 Indianapolis, IND W 45-24
Washington Tuesday, January 1 Pasadena, CALIF W 28-23

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Top returning players

The Buckeyes lost two huge names to the 2019 NFL Draft. Defensive end Nick Bosa was taken second overall by the San Francisco 49ers, while quarterback Dwayne Haskins was the 15th pick, taken by the Washington Redskins.

Quarterback Justin Fields transferred to Ohio State from Georgia, and is the likely starter in Haskins’ absence. In limited action for the Bulldogs, Fields threw for 328 yards (8.4 yards per attempt), 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions, while running for 266 yards (6.3 yards per rush) and 4 touchdowns.
Running back J.K. Dobbins rushed for 1,403 yards and 7 touchdowns as a freshman, and followed that up with a 1,053-yard, 10-touchdown performance as a sophomore. He also made strides in his receiving game, where he caught 26 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. With a fresh face under center, expect Dobbins to have a significant workload as a junior.

Behind senior Parris Campbell, wide receiver KJ Hill was Haskins’ favorite target last year, racking up 67 catches for 831 yards and 6 touchdowns. He’s shown steady improvement in each of the past three seasons, so look for big things from the senior.

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Preseason ranking

We have Ohio State at No. 3 in our preseason Top 25. Here’s that breakdown:

3. Ohio State

Urban Meyer, QB Dwayne Haskins, RB Mike Weber and WR Parris Campbell are all gone. But new head coach Ryan Day and QB Justin Fields (UGA transfer) might be even better on offense. J.K. Dobbins will regroup to become a menace for defenses, plus DE Chase Young will lead what will be an even better defense.

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The 2020 College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff era is entering its sixth season in the 2019-20 season. Will it be the first season since the inaugural playoff that Clemson and Alabama don’t play in either a CFP semifinal or national championship?

Whether the Tigers and Tide play each other or not, here are the dates and sites for the 2019 College Football Playoff semifinals and CFP national championship.

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When is the 2019 College Football Playoff semifinals?

The CFP semifinals are set for Dec. 28, 2019. One semifinal is the Peach Bowl from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The other semifinal is the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.

When is the 2020 College Football Playoff national championship?

The CFP national championship is a bit later in 2020. The two winners of the semifinals will meet on the second Monday of January in New Orleans on Jan. 13, 2020 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Below is a complete history of the College Football Playoff national championship game.

2015 No. 4 Ohio State 42, No. 2 Oregon 20
2016 No. 2 Alabama 45, No. 1 Clemson 40
2017 No. 2 Clemson 35, No. 1 Alabama 31
2018 No. 4 Alabama 26, No. 3 Georgia 23
2019 No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Clemson

2021-2024 CFP national championship locations and dates

2021:     Miami-South Florida (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida) - Jan. 11
2022:     Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana) - Jan. 10
2023:     Los Angeles (Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, California) - Jan. 9
2024:     Houston (NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas) - Jan. 8

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