Southern Miss to play at Ohio State in 2024

By Kevin Kelley -

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles will play at the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2024, has learned.

A copy of the football game contract with Ohio State University was obtained from the University of Southern Miss via a state public records request.

Southern Miss will travel to take on Ohio State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2024. The Golden Eagles will receive a $1.9 million guarantee from the Buckeyes for playing the game, according to the copy of the contract.

The 2024 Southern Miss-Ohio State contest will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.

Ohio State is the second scheduled non-conference opponent for Southern Miss for the 2024 season. The Golden Eagles are also scheduled to play at the Troy Trojans on Sept. 21, which is part of a four-game series that kicks off next season in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The Buckeyes also now have two scheduled non-conference opponents in 2024. Ohio State is also scheduled to travel to face the Washington Huskies on Sept. 14, which is the first game of a home-and-home series that concludes in Columbus the following season.

In Big Ten play in 2024, Ohio State is currently scheduled to host Illinois, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan and travel to Nebraska, Maryland, Penn State, and Michigan State.

Southern Miss finished the 2020 season 3-7 and was not selected to a bowl game. Ohio State is ranked 3rd in the College Football Playoff and will face No. 2 Clemson in a semifinal game at the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

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