Ohio State Football: Previewing the Buckeyes’ 2020 schedule

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LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 28: Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

The Ohio State football team has a marquee non-conference matchup early in 2020 and a balanced conference slate. With national championship hopes on the line, the Buckeyes can look ahead to see how to navigate the 2020 schedule.

It’s never too early to look ahead and see what lies in store for the Ohio State football team. Even though plenty will change between now and the start of the 2020 season, the Buckeyes can start to circle match-ups on their calendars.

The 2020 schedule seems to be very manageable for Ohio State, even with several marquee match-ups.

I’ll break down the schedule by months. In September there are three non-conference games and the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten game.

Bowling Green

The Falcons struggled in the MAC last year, and this should not be much of a challenge for the Buckeyes. Remember last year playing Miami, Ohio? Miami beat Bowling Green 44-3.

This will be a good test to get the team on the field, shake off some rust and see what we have.

Early Prediction: Win

@ Oregon

Autzen Stadium is no joke. This is going to be a really good game between two teams that have their sights set on making the College Football Playoff.

While Ohio State will have question marks coming into the season Oregon has more. The Ducks will be losing Justin Herbert at quarterback, 4 members of their offensive line and some of their top skill position players.

That’s a lot to replace by game two of a season. I think Ohio State has question marks on defense but should be able to shut down a young Oregon offense.

The biggest battle will be Justin Fields’ ability to navigate through what should be a good Ducks’ defense. I don’t see Ryan Day losing a game when his defense should hold and the offense has a chance to show the nation what they have.

Early Prediction: Win

Buffalo

Look back up on Miami (OH) beating MAC teams last year. A tune up game to keep refining.

Early Prediction: Win

Rutgers

Greg Schiano will not turn around Rutgers in one year. He may get this team back up to a respectable level but that is not going to happen without a few full recruiting classes. While the Scarlet Knights may not warrant as many jokes, they will not be competitive.

Early Prediction: Win

After a bye the schedule gets interesting in October.

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