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Ohio State and Alabama sign home-and-home series for 2027, 2028

The bluest of the blue bloods will do battle in The Horseshoe and Bryant-Denny in one the fans will be awaiting

Quarterback Justin Fields of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass during the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Two of the biggest brands in college football are not only going to play each other, they’re going to do it in back-to-back years and on-campus.

Today both Ohio State and Alabama announced a home-and-home football series for 2027 and 2028 that will take place at Ohio Stadium in Columbus and Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

The Crimson Tide will travel to Ohio first on September 18th, 2027. The return will be September 9, 2028, so there are incoming high school freshmen that can start getting recruited this fall knowing they could play in these games.

While it’s possible both programs might not be at the stratospheric heights where they are now closer to the end of the decade, it will still be one of the best games any college football fan would ever want to see. And it also breaks the trend of the superpowers only playing each other when a neutral field is involved. Games like this don’t only sell season tickets in the year they’re played: They move product for years in advance because patrons know they’ll only be able to renew when the games have this much drawing power.

There’s something specific to college football as to how fans can circle a game years in advance and begin planning the trip, and you can be assured both schools will have fans making travel plans as quickly as possible for this one. And there is no doubt the tailgates in both cities are going to be almost as good as the games themselves.

This is the best part of the best sport.