But the one the Buckeyes just finalized for 2015, announced Thursday afternoon, also included a fair amount of marriages of convenience as well.
The big nonconference showdown with Virginia Tech -- which follows next year's game in Ohio Stadium -- will take place in Lane Stadium on Sept. 7 now, Labor Day night. Previously, the teams were set to meet Saturday, Sept. 19.
The big game will be a prime-time contest on either ABC or ESPN. It will be OSU's first weekday night game since beginning the 2010 season by hosting Marshall.
The Northern Illinois game, which currently looks like a test given the rise of the NIU program, has been moved from Sept. 12 to Sept. 19.
Ohio State has added the Rainbow Warriors -- whose director of athletics, Ben Jay, previously worked at OSU -- for Sept. 12 and will pick up Western Michigan for Sept. 26. That means there will be just five days between the game vs. the Hokies and Hawaii's visit to Ohio Stadium.
Of those four teams, Ohio State has played only Northern Illinois, doing so just once -- to open the 2006 season. The Buckeyes won a 35-12 decision.
OSU has talked of how difficult it was to complete that slate given how many teams were already booked.
The Buckeyes will have seven home games that season.
In addition, OSU announced that a 2018 game vs. Cincinnati in the Horseshoe has been moved to 2019. The Bearcars join TCU on that slate.
All schedules through 2016 are now set, and the '17 slate is missing just a single game.
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at Virginia Tech (Sept. 7)
Hawaii (Sept. 12)
Northern Illinois (Sept. 19)
Western Michigan (Sept. 26)
at Indiana (Oct. 3)
Maryland (Oct. 10)
Penn State (Oct. 17)
at Rutgers (Oct. 24)
Minnesota (Nov. 7)
at Illinois (Nov. 14)
Michigan State (Nov. 21)
at Michigan (Nov. 28)