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Ohio State Football: Recruiting And Alumni Play Major Factors In Scheduling

Many things factor into who Ohio State schedules for future football games. Martin Jarmond met with select members of the media to explain what those factors are.

For more than seven years, Martin Jarmond has been in charge of scheduling Ohio State football games and while he is set to become the athletic director at Boston College starting in June, there are still some things to be finished in Columbus. 

Jarmond, Ohio State's deputy director of athletics, is trying to finalize the Buckeyes non-conference slate for years 2020-2023, and said that there are multiple factors that go into where Ohio State is willing to go. 

"We have a criteria. If we are going to go somewhere, it has to be places where we have alumni," Jarmond said. "And we like places where we are recruiting kids. So (for example), you can go back to Texas and see a Dontre Wilson."

So how does Jarmond find places for Ohio State to play in future schedules? He said once he considers alumni and recruiting factors, he looks at the success of a program. 

"I have an excel sheet where I (look at) every five years," Jarmond said. "I put in the top-75 teams and I look at a rolling average. And I look at the last five years and see, what have you done?"

He said that thought process is what led to him scheduling Ohio State to play Texas Christian University, in what was originally scheduled for a home-and-home before being modified into one neutral site game.

The Horned Frogs have won four of their last six bowl games, which include a Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin in 2010-11 and a Peach Bowl win over Ole Miss in 2014-15. In addition, TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012 making it a Power Five school. 

"It is like the stock market. Based on the past, TCU - since they got in the Big 12 -  looks like a major (team)," Jarmond said. "Also, we have alums there (Fort Worth/Dallas area). That is huge. We will get a lot of Buckeyes there."

Jarmond said he was hesitant to accept the invitation to AT&T Stadium to play a neutral site game in 2018, because it meant TCU would not make the trip to Columbus in 2019. In addition, he would lose a Power Five team in what would become a non-conference slate of FAU, Cincinnati and Miami (OH), making the Buckeyes non-conference schedule less appealing to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

However, after mulling it over, Jarmond said he accepted it after looking over the Buckeyes 2019 schedule which could feature a daunting conference slate. Ohio State is set to play on the road against Nebraska, Northwestern and Michigan while also hosting Wisconsin, Michigan State and Penn State. 

"This was the only year we would have done that," Jarmond said. "I told (athletic director) Gene (Smith), 'Look how tough this is.'"

Moving forward, Jarmond said he is hoping to fill the remaining slots in 2020-2023 with Group Of Five schools. Ohio State's future schedules can be seen below. 

2017 Ohio State Football Schedule

Aug. 31 – at Indiana

Sept. 9 – Oklahoma

Sept. 16 – Army

Sept. 23 – UNLV

Sept. 30 – at Rutgers

Oct. 7 – Maryland (Homecoming)

Oct. 14 – at Nebraska

Oct. 21 – Off

Oct. 28 – Penn State

Nov. 4 – at Iowa

Nov. 11 – Michigan State

Nov. 18 – Illinois

Nov. 25 – at Michigan

Dec. 2 – Big Ten Championship Game 

2018 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 1 – Oregon State

Sept. 8 – Rutgers

Sept. 15 – vs. TCU*

Sept. 22 – Tulane

Sept. 29 – at Penn State

Oct. 6 – Indiana

Oct. 13 – Minnesota

Oct. 20 – at Purdue

Oct. 27 – Off

Nov. 3 – Nebraska

Nov. 10 – at Michigan State

Nov. 17 – at Maryland

Nov. 24 – Michigan

Dec. 1 – Big Ten Championship Game

*AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas 

2019 Ohio State Football Schedule

Aug. 31 – Florida Atlantic

Sept. 7 – Cincinnati

Sept. 14 – at Indiana

Sept. 21 – Miami (Ohio)

Sept. 28 – at Nebraska

Oct. 5 – Michigan State

Oct. 12 - Off

Oct. 19 – at Northwestern

Oct. 26 – Wisconsin

Nov. 2 – Off

Nov. 9 – Maryland

Nov. 16 – at Rutgers

Nov. 23 – Penn State

Nov. 30 – at Michigan

Dec. 7 – Big Ten Championship Game

2020 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 5 – Bowling Green

Sept. 12 – at Oregon

2021 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 11 – Oregon

Sept. 18 – Tulsa

2022 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 3 – Notre Dame

Sept. 17 – at Texas

2023 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 16 – Texas

Sept. 23 – at Notre Dame

2024 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 7 – at Washington

2025 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 13 – Washington

2026 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 19 – Boston College

2027 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 18 – at Boston College


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