New faces highlight OSU's 2014 schedule

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Big Ten is making sure Ohio State gets to know its new neighbors, and it's not wasting any time with the introductions.

When Maryland and Rutgers officially debut as members of the conference and co-tenants in the freshly created East Division next year, the Buckeyes will meet both before facing any of their old friends from the league as part of the 2014 schedule that was unveiled by the Big Ten and the program on Thursday.

Ohio State will open its conference slate with a road trip to face the Terrapins on Oct. 4, and following a bye week, it will play host to Rutgers on Oct. 18 before turning its attention back to more traditional rivals. Among that group, Michigan State will be back on the docket after the teams miss out on a matchup in 2013, with the new division mates set to resume their series in East Lansing, Mich., on Nov. 8.

Aside from the annual meeting with Michigan at the end of the regular season, the Buckeyes will also host Indiana and Illinois. Additional road trips for Ohio State in the league will include visits to Minnesota and Penn State.

A complete look at the complete 2014 schedule for the Buckeyes:

Aug. 30: at Navy (at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium)

Sept. 6: Bye

Sept. 13: Kent State

Sept. 20: Virginia Tech

Sept. 27: Cincinnati

Oct. 4: at Maryland

Oct. 11: Bye

Oct. 18: Rutgers

Oct. 25: at Penn State

Nov. 1: Illinois

Nov. 8: at Michigan State

Nov. 15: at Minnesota

Nov. 22: Indiana

Nov. 29: Michigan