Although the 2013 college football season is still more than three months away, schedule makers are still keeping themselves busy by mapping out the conference slates for 2014.
On Monday afternoon, the Big Ten announced the league schedules for the 2014 football season.
After opening up the season with a non-conference slate of Navy, Kent State, Virginia Tech and Cincinnati, the Ohio State Buckeyes will open their eight-game conference schedule on the road against Big Ten newcomers Maryland. Ohio State's next game will be played in Ohio Stadium against the league's other new member, Rutgers, following a midseason bye week.
Here's Ohio State's full 2014 football schedule:
8/30 – vs. Navy (at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.)
9/6 – Bye week
9/13 – vs. Kent State
9/20 – vs. Virginia Tech
9/27 – vs. Cincinnati
10/4 – at Maryland
10/11 – Bye week
10/18 – vs. Rutgers
10/25 – at Penn State
11/1 – vs. Illinois
11/8 – at Michigan State
11/15 – at Minnesota
11/22 – vs. Indiana
11/29 – vs Michigan
12/6 – Big Ten Championship Game
Ohio State will make two trips to the Baltimore area—once to open the season against Navy and five weeks later to open the conference slate against Maryland.
Ohio State's marquee non-conference matchup against Virginia Tech will be hosted inside the perilous confines of the 'Shoe, with a return trip to Blacksburg scheduled for 2015.
The Buckeyes will host seven games in all during the 2014 season, with the conference home games including Rutgers, Illinois, Indiana and the season finale against Michigan.
Ohio State was spared having to play any of the elite teams from the soon-to-be "West Division." The Buckeyes will not play Wisconsin, Nebraska or Northwestern during the 2014 regular season, but the possibility of meeting those teams in the Big Ten title game does exist.
Purdue, a team that has made a habit of giving Ohio State all it can handle in recent years, is also not on the schedule.
At first glance, the Buckeyes' 2014 non-conference lineup looks much more challenging than this year's lineup of Buffalo, San Diego State, Cal and Florida A&M, but the conference schedule looks much more navigable.
The Buckeyes will be entering the 2014 season replacing at least six senior starters on offense (not to mention any early-draft entrees), but the defense should be loaded for head coach Urban Meyer's third year in Columbus.
View every Big Ten team's conference schedule here.
David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
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