2019 season approaches

Ohio University head football coach Frank Solich (right) takes the trophy after the Bobcats beat San Diego State, 27-0, in the 2018 Frisco Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The bowl win was the fourth for Ohio since 2011, the most by any MAC team in the last eight years.

Note: This story appears in the Sunday, June 2 newspaper on Page B1.

Nine of Ohio’s 12 regular-season games for the 2019 season now have set, or approximate, start times and broadcast plans in place.

The schedule roll-out was part of the Mid-American Conference’s reveal on Thursday with the majority of dates for all MAC teams in 2019 now in place.

Ohio’s 2019 season opener will be on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. inside Peden Stadium against FCS foe Rhode Island. The game will be carried by ESPN+

Thursday’s announcement also included updates to seven other games on the schedule.

Ohio renews its long-running rivalry with Marshall in a non-league bout on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The game will be streamed live on Facebook.

In MAC play, Ohio’s trip to Buffalo on Saturday, Oct. 5 will have a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. The home date against Northern Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 12 will also feature a 3:30 p.m. start. Both games fall under the MAC’s 12-day television right selection deal with ESPN, so exact broadcast partners have not yet been determined.

Homecoming will be on Oct. 12 against NIU.

Ohio will host Miami on Wednesday, Nov. 6 in a game that will start at either 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. That game will be carried on ESPN2.

The Bobcats’ home game against Western Michigan on Tuesday, Nov. 12 will be another 7:30 or 8 p.m. start and will be carried on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

Ohio wraps up the regular season with road games at Bowling Green and at Akron. The Bobcats will be at BG on Tuesday, Nov. 19 for a 7:30 p.m. start in a game that will air on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Ohio will be at Akron for a 7 p.m. start in a game that will appear on either ESPNU or ESPN+.

Ohio’s week 2 game at Pitt was previously locked into an 11 a.m. kickoff from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The game will appear on the ACC Network.

The Bobcats still need start times and broadcast information for three games left on the schedule — Saturday, Sept. 21 vs. Louisiana, Saturday, Oct. 19 vs. Kent State, and Saturday, Oct. 26 at Ball State. That information will be released at a later date.

The MAC season ends with the 23rd annual MAC Football Championship Game, set for Saturday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2) from Ford Field in Detroit.

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