Buckeyes Announce Football Series with TCU
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University made a big announcement Tuesday with news the Buckeyes have agreed to a home-and-home football series with the TCU Horned Frogs – who recently joined the Big 12 Conference – for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
This is was especially big news because the Buckeyes had previously opted out of similar home-and-home setups with Tennessee and Georgia after the Big Ten and Pac-12 agreed to a annual series beginning in 2017.
The first game against TCU will take place in Fort Worth, Tex. during the 2018 season, followed by a matchup at Ohio Stadium in Columbus during the 2019 season. This will give the Buckeyes a unique opportunity to return to the state of Texas, where they last played in 2006 against the Longhorns.
“Competing against programs from the state of Texas has always offered exciting experiences for our players and fans,” Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith said Tuesday.
“TCU continues to be one of the top football programs in the country.”
It was Smith who recently announced that Ohio State would likely end its practice of scheduling a number of MAC opponents in the non-conference schedule as a way of boosting the school’s resume for the upcoming 4-team NCAA playoff.
While TCU may not historically carry the same clout as, say, Georgia or Tennessee, the Horned Frogs have more wins over the last decade – 97 – than all but four Division I (FBS) programs. Only Boise State (109), LSU (102), USC (101) and Oklahoma (98) have more wins than TCU over the last 10 years.
Under the direction of 12th-year coach Gary Patterson, TCU is 4-0 this year, ranked 15th by the Associated Press and is riding a nation’s best 12-game winning streak. This is the third time in four seasons that TCU has had a win streak of at least 12 games.
Ohio State and TCU actually have more of a history than one might imagine. The two schools have played six times previously, but have not met on the football field since 1973. Ohio State holds a 4-1-1 edge in the series, and all six meetings have been at Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State vs. TCU
Sept. 25, 1937 – Ohio State 14, TCU 0 (OSU finishes 6-2 and 5-1 in the Big Ten)
Sept. 28, 1957 – TCU 18, Ohio State 14 (OSU regroups and wins national championship)
Sept. 30, 1961 – Ohio State 7, TCU 7 (OSU goes 8-0-1 and is named national champs by FWAA)
Sept 24, 1966 – Ohio State 14, TCU 7 (Buckeyes finish season 4-5)
Sept. 27, 1969 – Ohio State 62, TCU 0 (Ohio State’s 15th consec. win; streak would reach 22)
Sept 29, 1973 – Ohio State 37, TCU 3 (Buckeyes go 10-0-1 and beat USC in the Rose Bowl)
The 2018 game will be played Sept. 15 at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, where a $164 million rebuild has just been completed. The Buckeyes are already scheduled to play the University of Cincinnati in Columbus at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 8 during the 2018 season.
TCU is 58-7 at home under Patterson, a Kansas State graduate who has had tremendous success in his first job as a head football coach at the collegiate level. Patterson was the AP Coach of Year in 2009, when his team went 12-0 during the regular season before losing to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.
The 2019 game will take place Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes also have big nonconference home games on their schedule for 2014 (Virginia Tech), 2015 (North Carolina) and 2017 (Oklahoma).
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