COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State and Colorado will meet on the football field Sept. 24, 2011, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, the two schools announced today.

“This will be a great contest between two outstanding BCS teams that share an excellent football tradition,” said Ohio State director of athletics Gene Smith. “I know our fans will enjoy this opportunity.”

“The matchup with the Buffaloes gives Buckeye fans just another reason to anticipate the 2011 season,” Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said. “Our players certainly enjoy games where they can test themselves against the other conferences nationally.”

Ohio State will pay the Buffaloes $1.4 million for the one-time matchup.

“Colorado has always recognized the significance of playing marquee opponents in the non-conference portion of our football schedule,” Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn said.  “This is a tremendous opportunity on the national platform to schedule a game with Ohio State, which has been one of the nation’s premier programs and whom we have a lot of respect for.  We’re looking forward to what will be CU’s first trip to the ‘Horseshoe’ in 25 years.”

Ohio State’s 2011 non-conference schedule will be: Sept. 3 vs. Akron; Sept. 10 vs. Toledo; Sept. 17 at Miami (Fla.); Sept. 24 vs. Colorado.

The two schools last met in football in 1986. Ohio State leads the all-time series by a 3-1 margin.

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