Ohio State and Alabama last played in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015, The Buckeyes won 42-35 to advance to the College Football Playoff championship game.
The programs met three times prior to 2015:
• Alabama beat Ohio State 35-6 in the 1978 Sugar Bowl
• Alabama beat Ohio State 16-10 at the Meadowlands in New Jersey in the 1986 Kickoff Classic.
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• Alabama beat Ohio State 24-17 in the 1995 Florida Citrus Bowl.
The matchup with Alabama adds to a growing number of games Ohio State has against other Power 5 schools in the coming seasons. Last November, it announced a two-game series with Georgia. Here's the full list:
Upcoming Power 5 Series
2020: at Oregon
2022: Notre Dame
2023: at Notre Dame
2024: at Washington
2025: at Texas
2028: at Alabama
2030: at Georgia