Ohio State to kick off home-and-home with Texas A&M in November

On3 imageby:Andy Backstrom04/24/23

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COLUMBUS — An AP top-20 team from last season is coming to the Schottenstein Center this fall. Ohio State will host Texas A&M on Nov. 10, according to CBS Sports insider Jon Rothstein.

Notably, Ohio State didn’t play a Power Five non-conference opponent at home last year.

Rothstein also reported Monday that the Buckeyes will head to College Station to round out the home-and-home series during the 2024-25 season.

The programs have faced off only three times before. Ohio State beat the Aggies in Columbus, 54-40, in 1947. Texas A&M, however, has won the last two matchups, first defeating Ohio State, 72-69, in Columbus on Dec. 14, 1957 and then blowing the Buckeyes out, 70-47, in a neutral site game in New York City on Nov. 23, 2007.

The teams’ latest meeting was part of the NIT Preseason Tip-Off Championship in Madison Square Garden.

Texas A&M is coming off a 25-10 season, in which the Aggies made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in the fourth year of head coach Buzz Williams’ stay. What’s more, it was their first time in March Madness since 2017-18. Unfortunately for Williams and Co., Texas A&M was bounced from the field in the first round by Big Ten Tournament runner-up Penn State.

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann was vocal last season about how he wanted more marquee non-conference home opponents. He got one in Texas A&M.

Without the ACC/Big Ten Challenge — which ran from 1999 to 2022 — series like this Big Ten-SEC home-and-home will be even more important for the Buckeyes going forward.

Ohio State also has a neutral site game in Cleveland against West Virginia on the books for next season. The Buckeyes and Mountaineers will go head-to-head on Dec. 30 in what will be their 18th meeting all-time.

Although a venue hasn’t been announced yet for the event, set up by Intersport, the last time Ohio State and WVU played was also in Cleveland. That December 2019 matchup was at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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