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Gary Putnik | NCAA.com | September 13, 2021

2021 Ohio State football schedule: Dates, times, TV channels, results

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Despite losing in last season's College Football Playoff National Championship last season, the Ohio State football program is poised to make another run at the Playoff in 2021.

Unlike 2020, the Buckeyes and the rest of the Big Ten are scheduled to play a full 12-game regular season in 2021. Head coach Ryan Day will be entering his third full season at the helm, hoping to lead his squad to their fifth-straight Big Ten title. 

Here is the complete 2021 Ohio State football schedule, including opponents, results and players to watch.

2021 Ohio State football schedule: Dates, times, opponents, results

Here is the full, detailed schedule for Ohio State's 2021 football season.

OPPONENT SCORE DATE TIME (ET) TV LOCATION
at Minnesota W, 45-31 Thursday, Sept. 02 8 p.m Fox Minneapolis, MN
vs. No. 12 Oregon L, 35-28 Saturday, Sept. 11 12 p.m. Fox Columbus, OH
vs. Tulsa   Saturday, Sept. 18 3:30 p.m. FS1 Columbus, OH
vs Akron   Saturday, Sept. 25 7:30 p.m. Big Ten Columbus, OH
at Rutgers   Saturday, Oct. 2 TBA TBA Piscataway, NJ
vs. Maryland   Saturday, Oct. 9 12 p.m. TBA Columbus, OH
at Indiana   Saturday, Oct. 23 TBA TBA Bloomington, IN
vs. Penn State   Saturday, Oct. 30 TBA TBA Columbus, OH
at Nebraska   Saturday, Nov. 6 TBA TBA Lincoln, NE
vs. Purdue   Saturday, Nov. 13 TBA TBA Columbus, OH
vs. Michigan State   Saturday, Nov. 20 TBA TBA Columbus, OH
at Michigan   Saturday, Nov. 27 12 p.m. Fox Ann Arbor, MI
TBD (Big Ten Championship)   Saturday, Dec. 4 TBA Fox Indianapolis, IN


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2021-22 College Football Playoff schedule

Ohio State has made the College Football Playoff four times since its inception in the 2014-15 season. They have made it to the CFP Championship twice (2015, 2021).

Here's the schedule for the 2022 College Football Playoff.

ROUND GAME DATE LOCATION STADIUM
Semifinal Cotton Bowl Dec. 31, 2021 Arlington, TX AT&T Stadium
Semifinal Orange Bowl Dec. 31, 2021 Miami Gardens, FL Hard Rock Stadium
Championship CFP National Championship Jan. 10, 2022 Indianapolis, IN Lucas Oil Stadium

2020 results

The Buckeyes went 7-1 last season, they finished with an appearance in the CFP Championship Game where they suffered their only loss of 2020. 

Here’s what happened in every game of Ohio State’s 2020 schedule:

OPPONENT DATE TIME (ET) LOCATION RESULT SCORE
Nebraska Saturday, Oct. 24 12 p.m. Columbus, OH W 52-17
Penn State Saturday, Oct. 31 7:30 p.m. State College, PA W 38-25
Rutgers Saturday, Nov. 7 7:30 p.m. Columbus, OH W 49-27
Indiana Saturday, Nov. 21 12 p.m. Columbus, OH W 42-35
Michigan State Saturday, Dec. 5 12 p.m. East Lansing, MI W 52-12
Northwestern (Big Ten Championship) Saturday, Dec. 19 12 p.m. Indianapolis, IN W 22-10
Clemson (Sugar Bowl-CFP Semifinal) Friday, Jan. 1 8 p.m. New Orleans, LA W 49-28
Alabama (CFP National Championship) Monday, Jan. 11 8 p.m. Miami, FL L 52-24


CFP National Championship history

YEAR (OF GAME) 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 (OT)
2019 No. 2 Clemson 44, No. 1 Alabama 16
2020 No. 1 LSU 42, No. 3 Clemson 25
2021 No. 1 Alabama 52, No. 3 Ohio State 24

Top returning players

Ohio State was the only team in the last two NFL Drafts to have 10 players be selected. QB Justin Fields (11th overall), RB Trey Sermon (88th overall) and DT Tommy Togiai 132nd (overall) are just a few that have moved onto the next level. The Buckeyes will not be strapped for talent though, replacing Fields will prove the embarrassment of riches Day has at his disposal. Two front runners for the quarterback job will be redshirt freshmen C.J. Stroud and Jack Miller III going into the 2021 season. 

The receiving core will remain the same as the Buckeyes’ top-three receivers will all be coming back to Columbus. Their leading receiver, Chris Olave will be returning for his senior year, while Garrett Wilson and Jameson Williams will be back for their junior year. The three combined for 1,606 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns en route to a CFP Championship appearance. When it comes to rushing, junior RB Master Teague III will take on the workload Trey Sermon left behind. Last year, Teague carried the ball for 514 yards and led the team in rushing touchdowns with eight. 

Defensively, OSU will be bringing back a lot of experience even if they all didn’t start in 2020. Senior DT Haskell Garrett will be one to continue to keep an eye on this year. Last season, he recorded 20 total tackles along with four tackles for a loss and two sacks. Another player who will be able to make an impact for the Buckeyes is senior DE Tyreke Smith, as the combination of Garrett and Smith should be able to give opposing offensive lines headaches all year. 

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