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Ohio Football Announces 2012 Schedule

Frank Solich

March 29, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio - Four regular season games on the ESPN Family of Networks and its season-opener at Penn State highlight the Ohio University football team's 2012 schedule that was released Thursday afternoon by the Mid-American Conference office.        

Ohio will host Eastern Michigan on Thursday evening (Nov. 1, 6 p.m. ET) on ESPNU, before welcoming Bowling Green for a Wednesday night (Nov. 7, 8 p.m. ET) affair on ESPN2. The team will then head to Ball State on Wednesday (Nov. 14, 8 p.m. ET) for a game that could be carried on ESPN2 or ESPNU. The final game of the regular season will place the Bobcats against Kent State on Friday (Nov. 23, TBA) on either ESPNU or ESPN3.

Since the start of the Solich Era, Ohio has played 38 games on the ESPN family of Networks.

The Bobcats will open its 2012 campaign on Sept. 1 at Penn State where it will faceoff against the Nittany Lions for the first time since 1974.

Ohio's first home game of the year will place the Bobcats against New Mexico State on Sept. 8. The following week, Ohio will head to Huntington, W. Va. to take on Marshall in the Battle of the Bell (Sept. 15, TBA). Ohio will then conclude its non-conference schedule on Sept. 22 at home against Norfolk State (Sept. 22, TBA).

Parents Weekend will be held in conjunction with Ohio's home date with Norfolk State on Saturday, Sept. 22, while Homecoming will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 when the Bobcats take on Akron.

Ohio opens league play on Saturday, Sept. 29 when it travels to Massachusetts to take on the Minutemen inside Gillette Stadium, which is also home to the NFL's New England Patriots. The Bobcats' matchup against UMass will mark the first league game for the Minutemen.

In addition, Ohio will face league opponents Buffalo (Oct. 6) and Miami (Oct. 27)

The regular season will conclude with the 15th MAC Football Championship game on Friday, Nov. 30 at Ford Field in Detroit on ESPN2. This will mark the ninth MAC Football Championship game at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL, and the 2009 NCAA Men's Final Four.

Kickoff times not listed here will be announced as soon as they become available.

2012 Ohio Football Schedule


1              at Penn State

8              NEW MEXICO STATE

15            at Marshall

22            NORFOLK STATE (Parents Weekend)

29            at UMass


6              BUFFALO

13            AKRON (Homecoming)

20            Open

27            at Miami


1              EASTERN MICHIGAN, 6 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

7              BOWLING GREEN, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

14            at Ball State, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)*

23            at Kent State, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)*


*ESPN's Multiple-Game Selection Date