Sept. 3, Akron

Series: Ohio State leads 6-1.

Last meeting: Ohio State won 20-2 in 2007 in Ohio Stadium.

The skinny: Akron is expected to be one of the worst teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Just what the Buckeyes need to break in their young players.

Sept. 10, Toledo

Series: Ohio State leads 2-0.

Last meeting: Ohio State won 38-0 in 2009 in Cleveland.

The skinny: Not the gimme Akron is. With 19 starters back, Toledo is expected to contend for the MAC title.

Sept. 17, Miami

Series: Ohio State leads 3-1.

Last meeting: Ohio State won 36-24 last season in Ohio Stadium.

The skinny: Miami has trumped Ohio State's scandal with one for the ages. This game has already been dubbed the Yahoo! Bowl or the Ineligi-Bowl.

Sept. 24, Colorado

Series: Ohio State leads 3-1.

Last meeting: Ohio State won 13-10 in 1986 in Ohio Stadium.

The skinny: Colorado moves to the Pacific-12 this year, but the Buffaloes and new coach Jon Embree probably aren't ready for the elite in that league, or for Ohio State.

Oct. 1, Michigan State

Series: Ohio State leads 27-12.

Last meeting: Ohio State won 45-7 in 2008 in East Lansing, Mich.

The skinny: The Buckeyes open the Big Ten schedule with a tough one. Although Mark Dantonio's Spartans have holes to fill, they have a talented, experienced quarterback in Kirk Cousins.

Oct. 8, Nebraska

Series: Ohio State leads 2-0.

Last meeting: Ohio State won 34-7 in 1956 in Ohio Stadium.

The skinny: The Buckeyes will get their suspended players back, but will it be enough? Nebraska coach Bo Pelini will have his team fired up to play his alma mater.

Oct. 15, Illinois

Series: Ohio State leads 63-30-4

Last meeting: Ohio State won 24-13 last season in Champaign, Ill.

The skinny: Sophomore quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase provides a strong foundation, but there aren't a lot of parts around him for permanently embattled coach Ron Zook.

Oct. 29, Wisconsin

Series: Ohio State leads 53-18-5

Last meeting: Wisconsin won 31-18 last season in Madison, Wis.

The skinny: The Badgers bullied Ohio State from the start last year, and the Buckeyes probably need to win this one to get a crack at the first Big Ten title game. The 'Shoe will be hopping.

Nov. 5, Indiana

Series: Ohio State leads 67-12-5.

Last meeting: Ohio State won 38-10 last season in Ohio Stadium.

The skinny: First-time head coach Kevin Wilson has the difficult task of trying to turn the Hoosiers into a winning program. Good luck.

Nov. 12, Purdue

Series: Ohio State leads 38-13-2.

Last meeting: Ohio State won 49-0 last season in Ohio Stadium.

The skinny: The Boilermakers seem cursed by injuries. Last season was ruined by them and Purdue already has lost QB Rob Henry to a torn knee ligament this year.

Nov. 19, Penn State

Series: Ohio State leads 14-12.

Last meeting: Ohio State won 38-14 last season in Ohio Stadium.

The skinny: JoeGreatGrandPa is back with an intriguing team, but the Nittany Lions will be in the middle of a brutal closing stretch that also includes Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Nov. 26, Michigan

Series: Michigan leads 57-44-6

Last meeting: Ohio State won 37-7 last season in Ohio Stadium.

The skinny: Have you heard there's a new sheriff in Ann Arbor? With Brady Hoke arriving to stoke the rivalry, there will be some fire back in the competition after the dreadful RichRod years.