OSU Football Schedule – Just three days after the Florida A&M football team completed its season with a 7-4 record, Ohio State announced Tuesday that the Rattlers will be on its 2013 football schedule. The game is scheduled for Sept. 7 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
FAMU athletic director Derek Horne confirmed on the school’s website that the two schools will meet. His announcement came shortly after Ohio State announced the game among several future schedule changes it will make.
It will be the first meeting between the two schools.
FAMU coach Joe Taylor said the timing of the game and a financial guarantee of $850,000 make it a win-win situation for FAMU. The guarantee almost doubled what FAMU received for playing South Florida this season in Tampa.
The guarantee should be a boost for FAMU’s athletic department, which has been operating in the red for several years.
“Hopefully we can have the kind of budget in football that we need to have to allow us to function properly,” Taylor said.
He also said he welcomed the challenge of playing the Buckeyes at a time when his young players would be mature enough to be competitive.
Just last week Taylor talked about the importance of timing when scheduling a BCS team.
“We all know that we were young this year in our skill area,” Taylor said. “It will give us a chance to get a good recruiting year for the interior. It will be a good challenge for us to be competitive.”
While the two programs have never met on the field, they have been connected through legendary football coaches Jake Gaither of FAMU and Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, who were friends. Former FAMU coach Rudy Hubbard also played for Hayes.
Offensive linemen Steven Robinson and Shelly Anthony were named to the All-MEAC first team.
Safety John Ojo was named to the defensive team, along with punter Brandon Holdren and returner Edmond Baker.