Mark your calendars, Ohio State fans: The Buckeyes' 2013 homecoming game has been set.
Ohio State will host the Iowa Hawkeyes on October 19 for its homecoming game, with a scheduled kickoff of 3:30 p.m. EST.
Ohio State spokesperson Jerry Emig made the announcement via Twitter Friday afternoon:
Ohio State’s 2013 Homecoming game will be 10/19 vs. Iowa on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, the networks announced today. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m.— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) May 24, 2013
The Buckeyes will be coming off of a bye week heading into the Iowa game, so the Hawkeyes will be facing a rested team and an anxious crowd when they travel to Columbus. The 3:30 kickoff time will inevitably increase the anticipation for the game, making it a more hostile environment for the Hawkeyes to overcome.
The last two matchups between these teams have been absolute nail-biters.
In 2010, the Buckeyes overcame a four-point deficit when Terrelle Pryor converted a 4th-and-10 on Ohio State's go-ahead touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. The Buckeyes would go on to win, 20-17. The victory that was later vacated because of NCAA violations.
A year before, the Buckeyes and the Hawkeyes battled in Ohio Stadium with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line.
Ohio State held a seemingly comfortable 14-point lead five minutes into the fourth quarter, but a 99-yard kickoff return by Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and a gutty touchdown drive from Iowa forced overtime.
The Buckeyes stiffened in OT, forcing Iowa out of field goal range to attempt a desperate pass on 4th-and-26, which was intercepted by safety Anderson Russell.
Three straight runs up the middle from Dan "Boom" Herron set up the chance for Ohio State to win the game with a field goal.
This was the result.
The Buckeyes have already announced three prime-time matchups for the 2013. Two of those games—Wisconsin on September 28 and Penn State on October 26—will go down in Columbus while the other—Northwestern on October 5—will be played in Evanston, Ill.
All three of those matchups, in addition to the Iowa game, will be aired on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
You can view Ohio State's 2013 football schedule and the games with announced kickoff times here.
David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
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