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