COLUMBUS — Ohio State hasn’t played a single-digit game against a Big Ten opponent in two years.
Improbably, the last team in the league to manage that feat was Maryland when it welcomed the Buckeyes to town for what turned out to be one of the craziest shootouts imaginable.
Ohio State eventually outlasted the Terrapins on that afternoon. And when it heads back for its latest Big Ten East Division matchup with the program, Ohio State now knows it can plan for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff that will be broadcast by the Big Ten Network.
The Terrapins are riding a bit of momentum coming off another wide-open thriller that was reminiscent of that infamous Ohio State matchup two seasons ago, knocking off Minnesota on Friday on a missed extra point. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, continued their rampage through the Big Ten with a comfortable win at Penn State in their first road trip of this pandemic-shortened season.
“That’s a talented team,” Penn State coach James Franklin said on Saturday night. “There’s no doubt about it.”
There really wasn’t any uncertainty about that heading into the matchup in Happy Valley, and there definitely isn’t any now as the Buckeyes head into a November that appears to include little more than tuneups.
Ohio State hosts Rutgers in a primetime game on Saturday night at the Horseshoe before heading to Maryland. And while Indiana has two wins to its credit and looks capable of potentially providing an entertaining battle this month, the Buckeyes will be a double-digit favorite in that game and the following road trip to Illinois to cap November.
Start times for those games are still to be determined. But Ohio State now has its marching orders for the trek to Maryland as it returns to the last site where only digit was needed to settle the outcome.