Tulane’s 2018 football schedule received a significant upgrade on Wednesday afternoon.
The Green Wave announced it will face Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 22, 2018 in a non-conference road game.
The Buckeyes, winners of the 2015 CFP National Championship, will host Tulane in its 104,944 capacity Ohio Stadium.
The two schools, despite each playing football for more than 120 years, have never met on the football field.
The contract is only for one game, with no return date set for New Orleans.
“We are excited for the opportunity to play Ohio State, one of the premier programs in the country,” Tulane executive associate athletics director Brandon Macneill said. “Our coaching staff and players, along with our fans are eager to play against the very best and this should be a great game. There will be a significant number of Tulanians from around the country joining us at the Horseshoe.”
This is the first football series announced under athletic director Troy Dannen, and is a noted departure from Tulane’s typical scheduling philosophy.
It is the first contract in recent memory to feature just one road game, with no expected return trip. It should provide Tulane with a large payout though.
While final terms have not yet been disclosed, in 2015 Ohio State paid Hawaii $1.2 million and Western Michigan $1 million for a one-game series in Columbus.
This is the third non-conference game Tulane has scheduled for 2018, per various series announcements. The Green Wave is expected to also travel to Georgia Tech and host Wake Forest in Yulman Stadium.