Ohio State has now filled out their 2027 and 2028 non-conference football schedules with the additions of New Hampshire in 2027 and Northern Illinois in 2028.
New Hampshire is Ohio State head coach Ryan Day’s alma mater. They are an FCS school and this will be their first-ever meeting with the Buckeyes. Ohio State and Northern Illinois have met twice before, with the Buckeyes winning 20-13 in 2015 and 35-12 in 2006.
The 2027 and 2028 non-conference schedules also feature a home-and-home with Alabama. The Buckeyes will host the Crimson Tide in 2027, then travel to Tuscaloosa in 2028.
In more timely news, the 2024 Big Ten schedule featuring all 18 teams could be dropping at any point in the next few weeks.
Here is the full press release from Ohio State on the additions of New Hampshire and Northern Illinois.
Games against New Hampshire and Northern Illinois scheduled
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The non-conference schedules for the Ohio State football team are now set through the 2028 season with the announcement today from the Department of Athletics of two additional agreements in place for home games at Ohio Stadium:
- Ohio State and New Hampshire will play Sept. 11, 2027; and
- Ohio State and Northern Illinois will play Sept. 16, 2028.
Ohio State and New Hampshire, the alma mater of head coach Ryan Day, will meet on the gridiron for the first time. The game against Northern Illinois will be the third between the two schools with Ohio State winning prior games in 2006 (35-12) and 2015 (20-13).
Ohio State’s upcoming nonconference schedules include home-and-home arrangements with Texas in 2025-26 and Alabama in 2027-28.
Aug. 31 – Southern Mississippi
Sept. 7 – Western Michigan
Sept. 21 – Marshall
Aug. 30 – Texas
Sept. 13 – Ohio
Oct. 18 – UConn
Sept. 5 – Ball State
Sept. 12 – at Texas
Sept. 19 – Kent State
Sept. 4 – Bowling Green
Sept. 11 – New Hampshire
Sept. 18 – Alabama
Sept. 2 – Buffalo
Sept. 9 – at Alabama
Sept. 16 – Northern Illinois