- Created on Friday, 02 November 2012 18:45
- Written by San Diego Newscape
San Diego, California - San Diego State director of athletics Jim Sterk announced this morning that the Aztec football team will travel to Columbus, Ohio next season to face Ohio State. The game against the Buckeyes, scheduled for September 7, replaces the contest at Utah State.
“The momentum of qualifying for a record third consecutive bowl game as well as moving into one of the top-five conferences in the country will carry the Aztecs’ program into arguably the most exciting year of football in San Diego State history,” Sterk said. “It was fortunate to have a game with a high-quality opponent like Ohio State available at this late date.”
The opportunity to add the Ohio State game became an option when Utah State initiated discussions about moving the date of next year’s game. Instead of delaying the game to a different season, the schools elected to cancel the final game of the series.
Next year will mark the fourth time in school history that San Diego State and Ohio State have met on the football field, with the Buckeyes owning a 3-0 series lead. The teams previously met in 2001 (Ohio State, 27-12), 2003 (No. 2 Ohio State, 16-13) and 2005 (No. 9 Ohio State 27-6) with all three encounters taking place in Columbus.
With the addition of the Buckeyes, San Diego State could face as many as five teams that appeared in the 2012 Associated Press Top 25 poll at one point during the season (Cincinnati, Louisville, Ohio State, Oregon State and Rutgers). San Diego State will compete in the BIG EAST Conference next football season. The league schedule has yet to be finalized.