Ohio State made headlines Wednesday with its cancellation of an upcoming home-and-home series with Washington. That news has many around the college football world talking.
Fans don’t believe this to be a random move for future scheduling flexibilty. Rather, they speculate that it’s a sign of further conference realignment.
The Buckeyes and Huskies were set to square off in both the 2024 and 2025 campaigns. Each program was primed to host one game in the two-game set, but now, it appears the contests have been nixed.
College football insider Brett McMurphy broke the news on Twitter.
Ohio State cancels home/home series w/ Washington in 2024 & 2025. Ohio State said it will abide by the terms of the contract, including any liquidated damages.
While we see these types of cancellations from time to time, this one has fans talking a bit more than others.
One person wrote, “Washington to the Big Ten confirmed,” after reading the news.
Another fan asked, “What caused this? Is Washington going to be on the conference schedule?”
It’s not outside the realm of possibility as we saw similar outcomes following Oklahoma and Texas’s SEC announcement. The Sooners were set to play Georgia in 2023 and 2031, but they’ve since removed those matchups from the schedule.
The same occurred in a series involving Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Could we be seeing a similar situation here? Many believe so.
Washington has been mentioned as a potential conference swapping candidate, and the Big Ten showed its willingness to chase West Coast schools with the additions of USC and UCLA.
The Huskies would provide both football and basketball history for any league that’s interested.
For now, this matchup has been erased from the schedule. It could, however, be a precursor to the start of an Ohio State-Washington conference rivalry.