Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes add MAC opponent to complete 2024 nonconference slate

Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes add MAC opponent to complete 2024 nonconference slate

Ohio State helmet by Birm -- Lettermen Row
Ohio State will host Western Michigan during the 2024 nonconference slate. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes add MAC opponent to complete 2024 nonconference slate

Ohio State has completed its nonconference schedule for the 2024 season.

Along with previously-announced games against Southern Miss and Washington, the Buckeyes will host Western Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2024. The Broncos were slated to play Cincinnati that day, but they bought out of the contract to schedule a matchup with the Buckeyes.

Ohio State and Western Michigan have met just once in program history, a 38-12 Buckeyes win inside the Horseshoe back in 2015. The Buckeyes haven’t lost to a MAC school since Grover Cleveland’s second stint in the White House.

Ohio State will host the Broncos for the second time, and that scheduling announcement officially completes its nonconference slate for that season.

ICYMI: Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

Is Ohio State now fully back on track to win its fifth consecutive Big Ten championship and reach a third straight College Football Playoff?

There are certainly discussions to be had about whether the Buckeyes are back. That’s what the all-star Lettermen Row crew did on Monday on the latest episode of Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward led a team of former Buckeyes linebacker Bobby Carpenter, former Ohio State quarterback Justin Zwick, Nicole Cox from Roosters and Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham to analyze the Buckeyes performance against Rutgers and what it means going forward.

The crew hands out some Buckeye Leaves for the team’s best performers on Saturday, and there were plenty to dish out. That includes another head-turning game from Ohio State Bullet Ronnie Hickman.

You won’t want to miss all that and more in the latest episode of Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters.

Buckeyes freshman Jantzen Dunn out with long-term injury

Jantzen Dunn was turning heads with the way he attacked his freshman season at Ohio State.

Now the Buckeyes safety will have to do the same with the rehabilitation process.

The talented defensive back and rising special-teams contributor will miss the rest of the season after suffering a leg injury last week in the win over Rutgers, and the road to recovery doesn’t appear to be an easy one.

The four-star athlete from Kentucky wasn’t expected to play a significant role defensively this season, and he hadn’t been credited with a tackle yet through the first five games of his career. But the Buckeyes thought enough of his early progress to take him on the road for a Big Ten game last week — and put him on the field to contribute on special teams.

That’s where Jantzen Dunn wound up getting injured during a kickoff return for the Buckeyes, and it will be his last action of his debut year with the program.

READ MORE: Ohio State freshman Jantzen Dunn out with ‘long-term’ injury

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