Ohio State Adds In-State Night Game

With three primetime games already on its slate, Ohio State added a fourth when the Big Ten Network announced its 2014 slate on Tuesday. The Buckeyes will face Cincinnati under the lights of Ohio Stadium on Sept. 27, a 6 p.m. kickoff that gives OSU a school record four nighttime games this upcoming season.

Urban Meyer wanted more night games.

Urban Meyer got more night games.

The Big Ten Network announced on Tuesday that Ohio State's Sept. 27 matchup with Cincinnati will kickoff at 6 p.m., marking the first time ever that the Buckeyes will host three night games in a single season. It was previously announced that the ABC family will televise 8 p.m. starts of OSU's Sept. 6 tilt with Virginia Tech and Nov. 1 showdown with Illinois, as well as the Buckeyes' Oct. 25 trip to Penn State.

Tuesday's announcement also marks the first time that Ohio State will play four primetime regular season games in a single season.

Upon arriving at Ohio State, Meyer clamored for more night games as the late starts make it easier for recruits to come to Columbus for visits and a better atmosphere inside of Ohio Stadium once they're there. In Meyer's first season, the Buckeyes hosted one night game and last year, OSU added a second to its slate.

"The night games, people are going to get tired of me saying that because there's some tradition about not having night games in the Big Ten. I love tradition, but I love recruiting better," Meyer said. "Recruiting is really important in the game of college football. Like really important. Like more important than anything else."

Look for the Buckeyes to turn both their night games with the Hokies and Bearcats into big recruiting weekends in Columbus this season.


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