The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Oregon Ducks have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2032 and 2033, OSU athletic director Gene Smith confirmed to Eleven Warriors on Thursday.
The series will begin with Ohio State traveling to take on Oregon at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, on Sept. 11, 2032. The following season, the Buckeyes will host the Duck at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 10, 2033 (dates per OregonLive).
Ohio State and Oregon were scheduled to begin the first game of a home-and-home series in Eugene last season, but the game was canceled due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The second half of that series is scheduled for this season in Columbus on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
With the two-game series trimmed down to one game, Ohio State has agreed to pay Oregon a $3.5 million guarantee for this season’s game in Columbus, according to the Eleven Warriors report.
“We just couldn’t find a date next year or the year after or even before ‘26, there was no way that we could return the game. And that’s why we had to up the guarantee,” Smith told Eleven Warriors.
Ohio State and Oregon first met on the gridiron in the Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 1958. The two schools last met in the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Buckeyes defeated the Ducks in that contest, 42-20, to extend their unbeaten record in the series to 9-0.