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


2020


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


2021


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


2022


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


2023


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


2024


(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


2025


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


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