Chase Young returns as a junior after a breakout sophomore year at defensive end (Photo: Icon Sportswire, Getty)
Here is a look at Ohio State’s 2019 schedule (start times and TV designations will be added during the spring and summer):
Aug. 31, Florida Atlantic: The Owls were 5-7 overall in 2018 for coach Lane Kiffin.
Sept. 7, Cincinnati: The Bearcats ended up 11-2 after a Military Bowl win over Virginia Tech … That earned the Bearcats a No. 24 finish in the AP poll … Former OSU standout and coach Luke Fickell will lead UC against his alma mater.
Sept. 14, at Indiana: The Hoosiers ended up 5-7, one win shy of reaching a bowl.
Sept. 21, Miami (Ohio): The RedHawks were 6-6 in 2018.
Sept. 28, at Nebraska: After an 0-6 start to the Scott Frost era, Nebraska finished up 4-8 … This seems like a good night game candidate.
Oct. 5, Michigan State: The Spartans limped home at 7-6 after their Redbox Bowl loss to Oregon … MSU was 1-3 in its last four games and was outscored 52-32 in those games … MSU coach Mark Dantonio announced a staff shake-up on Thursday … This has potential night game written all over it.
Oct. 12 Off
Oct. 18 (Friday), at Northwestern: The Wildcats bounced back from their Big Ten title game loss to Ohio State to defeat Utah in the Holiday Bowl … That capped a 9-5 season for the Wildcats … This game was moved to Friday night, likely to be a Fox Sports 1 prime time game.
Oct. 26, Wisconsin: The Badgers salvaged an 8-5 season by routing Miami (Fla.) in the Pinstripe Bowl … This could also be a night game at the ‘Shoe.
Nov. 2 Off
Nov. 9, Maryland: Mike Locksley had a disastrous turn as New Mexico’s head coach, but is seen as the savior here after the Terrapins went 5-7 this past season.
Nov. 16, at Rutgers: Chris Ash gets one more chance after the Scarlet Knights went 1-11 and lost their last 11 games in 2018.
Nov. 23, Penn State: A