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Ohio State 2013 schedule: Buckeyes may replace Vanderbilt with San Diego State

Gene Smith and the Ohio State athletic department may be looking West for the team's 2013 opener.

Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

The Ohio State Buckeyes have a vacancy at the top of their 2013 schedule after the Vanderbilt Commodores canceled their game with the Buckeyes, one which was set to kick off the season. As a result, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith is on the hunt for an opponent to fill that spot, and on Tuesday Smith confirmed that the Buckeyes were in conversation with the San Diego State Aztecs.

If the Buckeyes and Aztecs agree to a game, it's likely that the Buffalo Bulls -- who are slated to visit Columbus on Sept. 21 of next year -- will be bumped up to the opener on Aug. 31, with the Aztecs sliding into that spot in September. The Buckeyes have hosted the Aztecs twice in the last 10 years, winning games in both 2003 and 2005.

Ohio State has been proactive of late in scheduling future opponents as the NCAA shifts to a postseason model that puts more importance on postseason play -- earlier this week they announced a future home-and-home with the Oregon Ducks.

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