OSU makes changes to future schedules

When the Big Ten announced its decision to introduce nine-game conference schedules in 2017, concerns were raised about the impact the move would have on nonconference scheduling.

Those concerns have been validated.

Ohio State announced Tuesday that because of the move to nine-game Big Ten schedules, it had to cancel a home-and-home series with Tennessee set for 2018 and 2019. Given how rarely Big Ten and SEC teams meet during the regular season, the Ohio State-Tennessee cancellation is rather unfortunate. Ohio State said in a news release that the schools might look at the possibility of scheduling games again in the future. But it's no guarantee.

While there are some upcoming Big Ten-SEC matchups -- Michigan-Alabama will open the 2012 season in Dallas, Michigan State and Alabama will play in 2016 and 2017 -- there aren't nearly enough regular-season games between the two most popular conferences in college football.

Ohio State announced a bit of good news Tuesday: the Buckeyes will play a home-and-home series with North Carolina in 2015 (Columbus) and 2017 (Chapel Hill). Although ACC opponents typically don't excite Big Ten fans, North Carolina is a nice addition for Ohio State.

Ohio State also announced it will host Florida A&M, an FCS team, on Sept. 7, 2013. Florida A&M will receive a guarantee of $850,000 for its appearance.

Ohio State and North Carolina have met four times previously, all in Columbus, with Ohio State winning three of the four games. The 2017 game will be Ohio State's first in Chapel Hill.

Here's a look some of Ohio State's confirmed nonconference opponents in the coming years:


Sept. 1 -- Miami (Ohio)

Sept. 8 -- Central Florida

Sept. 15 -- California

Sept. 22 -- Alabama-Birmingham


Aug. 31 -- Vanderbilt

Sept. 7 -- Florida A&M

Sept. 14 -- at California


Aug. 30 -- at Navy

Sept. 13 -- Kent State

Sept. 20 -- Virginia Tech

Sept. 27 -- Cincinnati


Sept. 5 -- North Carolina

Sept. 12 -- Northern Illinois

Sept. 19 -- at Virginia Tech


Sept. 3 -- Bowling Green

Sept. 17 -- at Oklahoma


Sept. 16 -- Oklahoma

Sept. 23 -- at North Carolina


Sept. 8 -- Cincinnati