Ohio State has completed its nonconference football schedules for 2025 and 2026 with a pair of first-time opponents.

The Buckeyes will host Connecticut on Oct. 18, 2025 in what will be the first meeting between the teams.

The matchup was first announced Tuesday by Connecticut, which said it will receive $1.95 million in guaranteed money from Ohio State in exchange for the visit.

With an October date, the matchup with Connecticut fits between a pair of Big Ten road trips — to Wisconsin on Oct. 11 and Rutgers on Oct. 25.

The Buckeyes also will open their 2026 season at home against Ball State, followed by a visit to Texas and a home matchup with Boston College in the following weeks.

Contract terms for that game were not immediately available. OSU also has not previously played Ball State.

Ohio State’s previously scheduled nonconference games in 2025 include a season-opener against Texas and a week 3 contest against Washington, both in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes do not face an opponent in between.

It is a challenge to forecast the level of competition that the Buckeyes will face from Connecticut, which has nine consecutive losing seasons.

Connecticut’s football program is scheduled to be an independent this fall after it had belonged American Athletic Conference for the previous seven seasons.

The rest of the school’s varsity sports are simultaneously rejoining the Big East, but the conference does not sponsor football at the Football Bowl Subdivision-level and the Huskies will not remain in the AAC as a football-only member.

Future OSU schedules


Sept. 5: Bowling Green

Sept. 12: at Oregon

Sept. 19: Buffalo

Sept. 26: Rutgers

Oct. 3: Off

Oct. 10: Iowa

Oct. 17: at Michigan State

Oct. 24: at Penn State

Oct. 31: Nebraska

Nov. 7: Indiana

Nov. 14: at Maryland

Nov. 21: at Illinois

Nov. 28: Michigan

Dec. 5: Big Ten championship


Sept. 2: at Minnesota

Sept. 11: Oregon

Sept. 18: Tulsa

Sept. 25: Akron

Oct. 2: at Nebraska

Oct. 9: Purdue

Oct. 16: Off

Oct. 23: at Rutgers

Oct. 30: Michigan State

Nov. 6: at Indiana

Nov. 13: Maryland

Nov. 20: Penn State

Nov. 27: at Michigan

Dec. 4: Big Ten championship


Sept. 3: Notre Dame

Sept. 10: Arkansas State

Sept. 17: Toledo

Sept. 24: at Michigan State

Oct. 1: at Penn State

Oct. 8: Rutgers

Oct. 15: Iowa

Oct. 22: Off

Oct. 29: Indiana

Nov. 5: at Northwestern

Nov. 12: Wisconsin

Nov. 19: at Maryland

Nov. 26: Michigan

Dec. 3: Big Ten championship


Sept. 2: at Indiana

Sept. 9: San Jose State

Sept. 16: Western Kentucky

Sept. 23: at Notre Dame

Sept. 30: Off

Oct. 7: Maryland

Oct. 14: at Purdue

Oct. 21: Penn State

Oct. 28: at Wisconsin

Nov. 4: at Rutgers

Nov. 11: Michigan State

Nov. 18: Minnesota

Nov. 25: at Michigan

Dec. 2: Big Ten championship


(Two nonconference games/dates TBD)

Sept. 14: at Washington

Sept. 28: Illinois

Oct. 5: Rutgers

Oct. 12: at Nebraska

Oct. 19: Off

Oct. 26: Wisconsin

Nov. 2: at Maryland

Nov. 9: at Penn State

Nov. 16: Indiana

Nov. 23: at Michigan State

Nov. 30: Michigan

Dec. 7: Big Ten championship


Aug. 30: Texas

Sept. 6: Off

Sept. 13: Washington

Sept. 20: at Indiana

Sept. 27: at Iowa

Oct. 4: Maryland

Oct. 11: at Wisconsin

Oct. 18: Connecticut

Oct. 25: at Rutgers

Nov. 1: Northwestern

Nov. 8: Off

Nov. 15: Penn State

Nov. 22: Michigan State

Nov. 29: at Michigan

Dec. 6: Big Ten championship