Ranking Ohio State’s 2021 opponents by difficulty: No. 12 – Akron
An early look at each upcoming adversary on the Buckeyes’ 2021 schedule, and an attempt at putting them in order from least to most challenging for Ohio State.
2021 Ohio State Football Schedule
Sept. 2 – at Minnesota
Sept. 11 – Oregon
Sept. 18 – Tulsa
Sept. 25 – Akron
Oct. 2 – at Rutgers
Oct. 9 – Maryland
Oct. 23 – at Indiana
Oct. 30 – Penn State
Nov. 6 – at Nebraska
Nov. 13 – Purdue
Nov. 20 – Michigan State
Nov. 27 – at Michigan
One thing Ohio State will have this season that it didn’t in 2020 –– besides fans in the stands, much less restriction on daily activities and a host of other presumptively bygone COVID-19 concerns –– is nonconference competition in the regular season.
Of the three matchups that the Buckeyes have on tap outside of Big Ten play this season, including games against Oregon, Tulsa and Akron, the latter-most contest figures to be closest to a bye week of the bunch.
Now let’s get into why that is exactly.
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