Ohio State sets series with Boston College

If I tell you that Ohio State has announced another future nonconference series, you might get excited. After all, in the past couple of months, the Buckeyes have agreed to future deals with Texas, Oregon and TCU.

Well, this one involves another major program but is less exciting than those. Boston College and Ohio State will play a home-and-home in 2020-21. Even Gene Smith's official statement sounded less than over-enthused about this contract.

"Boston College is a fine program from an outstanding conference," Ohio State's AD said in a school release. "This gives Ohio State fans a chance to watch their Buckeyes in back-to-back games against Pacific 12 and ACC schools."

True, BC has fallen on hard times as of late. But you never know what kind of shape the Eagles will be in when 2020 rolls around. They've rolled out some pretty strong teams in Chestnut Hill in past years.

The first game will be Sept. 19, 2020, in Columbus, followed by a Sept. 18, 2021, meeting at Boston College. And when you consider that Ohio State is playing Oregon the week before in each of those years, then the nonconference schedules for those seasons look pretty darn strong.

Ohio State owns a 3-0 lifetime record against Boston College, with the most recent meeting resulting in a 38-6 win in 1995 at East Rutherford, N.J.

The Buckeyes also announced the scheduled 2015 game against North Carolina has been moved to Sept. 22, 2018. That game will be played in Columbus. The Sept. 23, 2017, game in Chapel Hill, N.C., remains the same. The Tar Heels have had to move some games around in part because Minnesota canceled on a planned two-game series.

Ohio State's lackluster 2012 nonconference schedule may come back to haunt it in the Associated Press poll if the Buckeyes finish 12-0. But schedules should be much better in the future. Whether Boston College will turn out to be a plus, a minus or a neutral remains to be seen.