Ohio State had an easy slate in 2013, but with new-look Big Ten divisions and a stronger nonconference lineup, the Buckeyes have a much tougher path to navigate in 2014.
Here’s an early look at Ohio State’s 2014 opponents.
August 30 vs. Navy (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore)
Navy’s 2013 record: 9-4
The Buckeyes will open the season against Navy and its vaunted triple-option attack.
The Midshipmen averaged 325 rushing yards per game in 2013, which ranked No. 2 in the country behind Auburn. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds will be back to orchestrate what will surely be a dangerous ground attack.
Ohio State opened the 2009 season against Navy and was nearly upset in Ohio Stadium. Linebacker Brian Rolle picked off a late two-point conversion and returned it 100 yards to seal a 31-27 victory.
September 6 vs. Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech’s 2013 record: 8-5, 5-3 ACC
Ohio State’s first game in The Shoe will feature a marquee matchup with Virginia Tech.
The Hokies got off to a good start in 2013, winning six straight games following a season-opening loss to Alabama. Things fell apart down the stretch, though, as Virginia Tech lost four of its last six games, including a 42-12 drubbing from UCLA in the Sun Bowl.
The Hokies will be replacing three-year starting quarterback Logan Thomas, but a defense that is always solid under Frank Beamer and Bud Foster will challenge the Buckeyes in this early season matchup.
September 13 vs. Kent…
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