Feb. 28, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio-Four regular season games on the ESPN Family of Networks highlight Ohio's 2011 football schedule that was released Monday afternoon by the MAC office.
Ohio will host Temple on Wednesday evening (Nov. 2, 8 p.m. ET) on ESPN2, before traveling to Central Michigan for a Thursday night (Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. ET) affair on ESPNU. The team will then head to Bowling Green on Wednesday (Nov. 16, 8 p.m. ET) for a game that could be carried on ESPN2 or ESPNU. The final game of the regular season will pit the Bobcats against Miami on Tuesday (Nov. 22, 7 p.m. ET) on ESPN2. Ohio has won its last five meetings with the RedHawks.
Ohio's first game will be a trip out to New Mexico State to take on the Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 3 before returning to Peden Stadium for games against Gardner-Webb (Saturday, Sept. 10) and Marshall (Saturday, Sept. 17). The final non-conference tilt will be a return trip to Rutgers to face the Scarlet Knights on Saturday, Sept. 24. The two teams last met during the 2006 campaign.
Parents Weekend will be held in conjunction with Ohio's home date with Kent State on Saturday, Oct. 1, while Homecoming will be held on the following home date when the Bobcats take on Ball State (Saturday, Oct. 15). Sandwiched between those two games is a road date at Buffalo on Saturday, Oct. 8.
After that stretch, a trip to Akron awaits the Bobcats on Saturday, Oct. 22 before the open date comes the following weekend.
"We are looking forward to the 2011 season," said Ohio head coach Frank Solich. "We have benefitted once again by the partnership between the MAC and ESPN, as this schedule affords us the opportunity to showcase our program to a national audience at least four times this season."
The MAC Championship will be played Friday, Dec. 2 at Ford Field and will be carried on ESPN2. Ohio made its second league title game in 2009 when they squared off with eventual champion Central Michigan.
Kickoff times not listed here will be announced as soon as they become available. Per the recommendation of the MAC External Relations subcommittee and agreed upon by the full group, kick times will not be publicly released until June at the earliest.
3 at New Mexico State
24 at Rutgers
1 KENT STATE (Parents' Weekend)
8 at Buffalo
15 BALL STATE (Homecoming)
22 at Akron
2 TEMPLE, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
10 at Central Michigan, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
16 at Bowling Green, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)*
22 MIAMI, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
*ESPN's Multiple-Game Selection Date