ATHENS, Ohio-- The Ohio football team has released its 2019 regular season schedule today in conjunction with the Mid-American Conference office.
The Bobcats' 12-game slate features six home games at Peden Stadium -- including four Saturday dates. Ohio will hold its annual Homecoming celebration on Saturday, Oct. 12, when it takes on Northern Illinois.
An updated 2019 MAC football schedule will be released in June with kick times and a television schedule for the first three weeks of the regular season and midweek games during November. All other game kick times and television will be announced 12 days prior to the scheduled game.
Ohio will be joining the MAC, the NCAA and ESPN in celebrating the 150th anniversary of college football in 2019. The celebration will include social media content and in-game promotions that will tell the story of the great players, coaches and teams that make up the history of Ohio's football program. The campaign will culminate when Ohio takes on archrival Miami in the 'Battle of the Bricks' on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Peden Stadium in a nationally televised matchup on ESPN2 that will be played on the 150th anniversary of the first-ever college football game. Ohio will look to make history that day with a call to students and fans to create the first-ever sellout of a MAC midweek game.
The 2019 regular season will conclude with the 23rd Marathon MAC Football Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 7 (time/television TBA) from Ford Field in Detroit. This will mark the 16th Marathon MAC Football Championship game at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL and the 2009 NCAA Men's Final Four.
2019 OHIO FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Saturday, Aug. 31: vs. Rhode Island (Peden Stadium; Athens, Ohio)
Notable: The Bobcats will be meeting Rhode Island for the first time.
Saturday, Sept. 7: at Pitt (Heinz Field; Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Notable: Ohio will battle Pitt for the first time since Sept. 9, 2005, when Ohio knocked off the Panthers in overtime, 16-10, at Peden Stadium.
Saturday, Sept. 14: at Marshall (Joan C. Edwards; Huntington, W. Va.)
Battle for the Bell
Notable: Ohio is set to renew its "Battle for the Bell" rivalry with Marshall, with the Bobcats and the Thundering Herd squaring off for the first time since Sept. 12, 2015 -- a 21-10 win for Ohio. Ohio last visited Huntington on Sept. 13, 2014. The Bobcats lead the all-time series with Marshall, 33-20-6.
Saturday, Sept. 21: vs. Louisiana (Peden Stadium; Athens, Ohio)
Notable: Ohio will be playing Louisiana for the third time and first time since the Bobcats topped the Ragin' Cajuns, 38-31, on Oct. 30, 2010, at Peden Stadium.
Saturday, Oct. 5: at Buffalo (UB Stadium; Amherst, N.Y.)
Notable: Ohio will be seeking its first win in Buffalo since 2009. The Bobcats handed the 2018 MAC East Division champion Bulls their only conference loss of the regular season – a 52-17 blowout at Peden Stadium on Nov. 14.
Saturday, Oct. 12: vs. Northern Illinois (Peden Stadium; Athens, Ohio)
Notable: Northern Illinois is set to visit Peden Stadium for the first time since 2014.
Saturday, Oct. 19: vs. Kent State (Peden Stadium; Athens, Ohio)
Touchdown For Teachers
Notable: Ohio has won the last five meetings against Kent State, including the last two matchups that have been played in Athens.
Saturday, Oct. 26: at Ball State (Scheumann Stadium; Muncie, Ind.)
Notable: Ohio is set to take make its first trip to Muncie, Ind., since 2012, and the Bobcats will be looking for their first road win over Ball State since 2009.
Wednesday, Nov. 6: vs. Miami (Peden Stadium; Athens, Ohio)
Battle of the Bricks
150th Anniversary of College Football Celebration
Let's Make History! First-Ever Sellout of MAC Midweek Game
Notable: The Bobcats have won the last six editions of the 'Battle of the Bricks' that have been played in Athens, including a 45-28 win in the most recent matchup at Peden Stadium on Oct. 31, 2017.
Tuesday, Nov. 12: vs. Western Michigan (Peden Stadium; Athens, Ohio)
Notable: Ohio will square off against Western Michigan for the second year in a row. The Bobcats rolled to a 59-14 victory over the Broncos in Kalamazoo on Nov. 1, marking Ohio's first win over Western Michigan since 2006.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: at Bowling Green (Doyt Perry Stadium; Bowling Green, Ohio)
Notable: The Bobcats have won each of the last three meetings against Bowling Green, including a decisive 49-14 triumph on Homecoming this season.
Tuesday, Nov. 26: at Akron (InfoCision Stadium; Akron, Ohio)
Television: ESPNU/ESPN3 or ESPN+
Notable: Ohio has come away with wins in four of its last five trips to Akron.
Over the last 14 years under the leadership of head coach Frank Solich, Ohio has recorded 106 wins, captured four MAC East Division titles, appeared in 10 bowl games and tallied four bowl victories. The Bobcats recorded their second-straight nine-win season in 2018, capping the year off with a 27-0 shutout of San Diego State in the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl to record their second-straight bowl win. Ohio is set to return three All-MAC selections from the 2018 squad, including quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada), defensive back Javon Hagan (Jacksonville, Fla.) and punter Michael Farkas (Mishawaka, Ind.).
The Bobcats will open up their 2019 spring practice schedule on Monday, March 4, inside Walter Fieldhouse.