Ohio State football’s habit of playing high-profile home-and-home series will continue into the next decade.
The school announced Thursday it has agreed to play at Georgia in 2030 while the Bulldogs will make a return trip to Columbus the following season.
That will be Georgia’s first game at Ohio Stadium and the first time an SEC plays at the Horseshoe since LSU in 1988.
Ohio State and Georgia have played once before, a 21-14 Bulldogs win in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 1993.
Centerville native and future ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit started that game (his last as a Buckeye) for Ohio State and completed 8 of 24 passes for 110 yards.
Future Bengals running back Garrison Hearst was the star of the game, rushing for 163 yards and two touchdowns while future Browns quarterback Eric Zeier threw for 242 yards for the Bulldogs.
Since 1993, Ohio State has played home-and-home series with Washington (twice), Pittsburgh (twice), Notre Dame, Arizona, Missouri, UCLA, N.C. State, Texas, USC, Miami (Fla.), California, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma.
The Buckeyes are 23-8 in those games (they actually played a three-game series and a two-game series against Washington) and 11-6 when the opponent is ranked.
Including Georgia, the Buckeyes have five more on tap in the next decade: Oregon (2020-21), Notre Dame (2022-23), Washington (’24-25) and Texas (’25-26).
There is no guarantee those games will be played, however, as series are sometimes altered after being set, including a previous series with Georgia that was canceled.
A series with Tennessee that would have taken place this season and last season also never came to pass as a result of the Big Ten’s decision to move to a nine-game conference schedule, and that could also lead to an alteration to the future Washington or Texas series because the Buckeyes are not likely to want to play the Huskies and Longhorns in the same season.
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