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The Navy football team will meet Big Ten power Ohio State for the first time in 28 years, opening the 2009 season on Sept. 5 in Columbus in the first of two games that will conclude in 2014 with a meeting that could take place in Baltimore.

The second game, according to Naval Academy director of athletics Chet Gladchuk, is set for Aug. 30, 2014, and could be played at M&T; Bank Stadium or in Landover or Annapolis.

"It could be Baltimore, it could be FedEx Field, it could be whatever's available, to be honest with you," Gladchuk said last night. "It's so far down the road. It's all wide open. We'll start thinking about that and working on that when the time is right."

Gladchuk said one of the interesting angles to the agreement with Ohio State is "their enthusiasm to play us. They've even suggested that we play in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. They're very receptive to whatever we think is best."

Gladchuk said a game of that magnitude belongs in a much larger stadium than Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, which holds 38,000.

This will be the fourth meeting between Navy and Ohio State and the first since the 1981 Liberty Bowl. The Buckeyes won that game, 31-28.

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