Nov. 22, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gene Smith, The Ohio State University Director of Athletics, announced today a number of future football schedule adjustments, including the addition of games against the University of North Carolina and Florida A&M University and the cancelling of a home-and-home series with the University of Tennessee. The scheduling news, in order of occurrence:

1. Ohio State and Florida A&M, a Football Championship Subdivision school from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will play on Sept. 7, 2013, at Ohio Stadium. The game will be the first between the two schools on the gridiron. Florida A&M will be paid a guaranty of $850,000.

2. Ohio State and Atlantic Coast Conference member North Carolina have agreed to a home-and-home series. The teams will meet in Columbus on Sept. 5, 2015 and in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Sept. 23, 2017.

3. And because of the Big Ten Conference decision to play a nine-game conference season beginning with the 2017 season, Ohio State made the request to Tennessee to cancel the games the teams were scheduled to play in 2018 (in Columbus) and 2019 (in Knoxville). Tennessee agreed to the Ohio State request and may look at an option to play in future years.

Florida A&M, nicknamed the Rattlers and with an enrollment of 13,300, are located in Tallahassee, Fla. The Rattlers have won 32 games over the past four seasons and finished the 2011 season with a 7-4 record.

Ohio State and North Carolina will play for the fifth time when the series resumes in 2015. Ohio State has won three of the first four meetings – all in Columbus – including a 29-14 win in 1972 when Archie Griffin rushed for a then-school record 239 yards in only his second game as a Buckeye. The 2017 game will be Ohio State’s first football game at Chapel Hill.

Ohio State vs. North Carolina

  • Sept. 29, 1962 – Five different ball carriers scored touchdowns for the Buckeyes and John Mummey led the way with 109 yards rushing to lead the home team to a 41-7 victory.
  • Sept. 25, 1965 – UNC quarterback Danny Talbott scored early in the first quarter and back Max Chapman (127 yards) scored late in the fourth to spark the Tar Heels to the win over Ohio State, 14-3.
  • Sept. 30, 1972 – Archie Griffin carried 27 times for 239 yards and Vic Koegel and Randy Gradishar combined for 30 tackles in Ohio State’s 29-14 win.
  • Sept. 27, 1975 – Pete Johnson scored a still-standing (but tied by Keith Byars in 1984) school record five touchdowns and rushed for 148 yards, and Griffin added 157 yards rushing, to spark the 32-7 win. 

Looking into the Future
Ohio State’s 2012 schedule is set with the confirmation two weeks ago that Central Florida would be replacing Cincinnati as the second game of the season. Here is a look at the 2012 schedule and some non-conference games that are scheduled in the future:

Sept. 1 – Miami (Ohio)
Sept. 8 – Central Florida
Sept. 15 – California
Sept. 22 – Alabama-Birmingham
Sept. 29 –at Michigan State
Oct. 6 – Nebraska
Oct. 13 – at Indiana
Oct. 20 – Purdue
Oct. 27 – at Penn State
Nov. 3 – Illinois
Nov. 10 – Off
Nov. 17 – at Wisconsin
Nov. 24 – Michigan

Aug. 31 – Vanderbilt
Sept. 7 – Florida A&M
Sept. 14 – at California

Aug. 30 – at Navy
Sept. 13 – Kent State
Sept. 20 – Virginia Tech
Sept. 27 – Cincinnati

Sept. 5 – North Carolina
Sept. 12 – Northern Illinois
Sept. 19 – at Virginia Tech

Sept. 3 – Bowling Green
Sept. 17 – at Oklahoma

Sept. 16 – Oklahoma
Sept. 23 – at North Carolina

Sept. 8 – Cincinnati