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UO, Ohio State reschedule series

EUGENE — It’ll be 12 years later than originally planned, but Ohio State will finally play at Autzen Stadium.

Oregon and Ohio State have scheduled a home-and-home series on Sept. 11, 2032 in Eugene and Sept. 10, 2033 in Columbus, a source confirmed .

The teams were supposed to meet on Sept. 12, 2020, with the Ducks hosting the Buckeyes in what would’ve likely been a top-10 matchup, but the game was canceled due to the pandemic.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told Ohio State fan site Eleven Warriors the school will now pay Oregon $3.5 million for the game in Columbus on Sept. 11 (9 a.m. PT, FOX) this season, provided Ohio Stadium is at full capacity this fall.

“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. “Our options were to cancel the game and just, we go find another opponent, which would be more expensive, frankly, and then you wouldn’t generate the revenue that you would generate with an Oregon. … If things are back to some level of normal, we know the Oregon game will be packed, it will be a great game and revenue-wise, it would be exceptional and help us with our deficit. At the same time, we’d be able to pay Oregon more than we would be able to pay somebody else. So it became a math issue and (Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens) and I agreed that we needed to do it this way, and they’ve accepted that.”

Ohio State is the first nonconference opponent on Oregon’s schedule for the 2032 and 2033 seasons.

Oregon’s nonconference schedules are filled through 2026 and it has two opponents scheduled from 2027-29, with Michigan State set for 2030.

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