If the season takes place, it will start on a Thursday for Ohio State. Here are 10 things to know about the schedule:
1. The opener: Ohio State begins the season Sept. 3 at Illinois. This will be the fourth time in school history the Buckeyes have opened on a Thursday, following home games in 1997 against Wyoming and Marshall in 2010 and a road game in 2017 against Indiana.
Ohio State has won nine straight games, all by double digits, in the series against the Illini.
Although the Big Ten plans to start the season Sept. 3, with most teams opening Sept. 5, it also created a schedule with flexibility, allowing it to move the start of the season back to Sept. 12, 19 or 26.
2. Safety protocols: Players, coaches and staff members will undergo two COVID-19 tests per week. That’s the rule throughout the Big Ten for full-contact sports.
3. Home opener: Ohio State plays Rutgers in the second game of the season on Sept. 12 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes are 6-0 against Rutgers since it joined the conference, and the 56-21 score last season was the closest game in the series.
4. Extra game: The only Ohio State opponent that wasn’t on the original Big Ten Schedule is Purdue. The Buckeyes will play in West Lafayette, Ind., in their third game Sept. 19.
5. Winning streaks: Ohio State plays Indiana on Sept. 26 in Columbus in the fourth game of the season. The Buckeyes have won 24 straight games in the series.
Two weeks later, after the first open date, Ohio State plays a home game Oct. 10 against Nebraska. The Buckeyes have won five in a row in the series.
6. Open dates: The Buckeyes do not have games scheduled Oct. 3 or Nov. 14.
The Big Ten announced “each school has two off or open weekends that can possibly be used as make-up dates for games that are postponed during the season because of circumstances caused by the pandemic.”
7. New coach: The Buckeyes play at Michigan State on Oct. 17. Ohio State has won four straight games in the series. This will be the first season for Mel Tucker, who was hired when Mark Dantonio stepped down in February.
8. The Game: Ohio State will play Michigan on Oct. 24 instead of Nov. 28. It will end a streak of 77 consecutive years in which the teams have played in the final regular-season game. The Buckeyes have won eight straight games in the series.
9. Senior Day: After road games at Maryland (Oct. 31) and Penn State (Nov. 7) and the second open date (Nov. 14), the Buckeyes close the regular season Nov. 21 against Iowa at Ohio Stadium.
10. Postseason plans: The Big Ten championship game will be played Dec. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis but could be moved to a date as late as Dec. 19. Ohio State has won the last three title games.
Ohio State’s 2020 Football Schedule
Sept. 3: at Illinois
Sept. 12: Rutgers
Sept. 19: at Purdue
Sept. 26: Indiana
Oct. 3: Open
Oct. 10: Nebraska
Oct. 17: at Michigan State
Oct. 24: Michigan
Oct. 31: at Maryland
Nov. 7: at Penn State
Nov. 14: Open
Nov. 21: Iowa
Dec. 5: Big Ten Championship game