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ATHENS, Ohio -- Ohio Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jim Schaus has announced several changes and additions regarding the football program's future schedules.
"I am very pleased and excited about our future non-conference football schedules," said Schaus. "The games provide the right schedule strength, offer a number of quality home opponents for our fans and include some high-profile road games that are in strong alumni areas and provide convenient travel for our Ohio area fans."
Ohio is now slated for a home-and-home series with Syracuse. The Orange will visit Athens on Sept. 4, 2021, and the Bobcats will visit Syracuse on Aug. 31, 2024. Ohio and Syracuse were originally scheduled to play a guarantee game on Sept. 10, 2022. The two programs have not faced off on the gridiron since 1921.
The Bobcats are now set to host in-state foe Cincinnati on Sept. 12, 2026. The contest was originally scheduled to be played on Sept. 11, 2021. Ohio and Cincinnati squared off last season on Sept. 22, 2018, which marked the first meeting between the Bobcats and the Bearcats since the 1981 season.
Ohio will play at Penn State on Sept. 10, 2022. The Bobcats will be visiting Happy Valley for the first time since defeating the Nittany Lions, 24-14, on Sept. 1, 2012, at Beaver Stadium. The 2022 campaign will also see Ohio host Florida Atlantic on Sept. 3 and Fordham on Sept. 24. The Bobcats have never faced the Owls or the Rams.
In 2023, Ohio will open the season at Peden Stadium on Sept. 2 against Delaware State, visit Florida Atlantic on Sept. 9, 2023 and travel to Rutgers for Sept. 30 matchup. The Bobcats last played the Scarlet Knights in 2011.
After beginning the 2024 season with the road game at Syracuse, the Bobcats will play host to South Alabama on Sept. 7 in the first-ever meeting between the two programs and travel to Kentucky on Sept. 21. The matchup between the Bobcats and the Wildcats will be the first since Ohio visited Lexington in 2014. Ohio's fourth non-conference game in 2024 will be announced at a later date.
The Bobcats will visit Illinois on Sept. 13, 2025, which will be the first meeting between the two programs since Ohio topped the Fighting Illini, 20-17, on Oct. 14, 2006. Ohio will announce its three other non-conference games for the 2025 season at a later date.
Following the Sept. 12 home game against Cincinnati in 2026, the Bobcats play a road game at South Alabama on Sept. 19. Ohio's two other non-conference games for the 2026 season will be announced at a later date.
The upcoming 2019 season has the Bobcats slated to open the schedule up with a home game against Rhode Island on Aug. 31, take on Pittsburgh (Sept. 7) and Marshall (Sept. 14) in back-to-back road games and then close non-conference action out with a home game against Louisiana on Sept. 21. The Bobcats will be meeting Rhode Island for the first time. 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. 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. 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.
Ohio learned its eight Mid-American Conference opponents for the 2019 season in December. Ohio will play host to MAC East Division rivals Kent State and Miami in addition to games against MAC West Division opponents Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. The Bobcats will visit three East Division rivals next year, with trips to Akron, Bowling Green and Buffalo on the docket. Ohio will travel to Ball State in its only road game that features a West Division opponent.
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.
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OHIO FOOTBALL ANNOUNCED FUTURE GAMES
Aug. 31 – Rhode Island
Sept. 7 – at Pittsburgh
Sept. 14 – at Marshall
Sept. 21 – Louisiana
Sept. 5 – Opponent TBD (Home Game)
Sept. 12 – at Boston College
Sept. 19 – Marshall
Sept. 26 – at Texas State
Sept. 4 – Syracuse
Sept. 11 – Opponent TBD (Home Game)
Sept. 18 – at Louisiana
Sept. 25 – at Northwestern
Sept. 3 – Florida Atlantic
Sept. 10 – at Penn State
Sept. 17 – at Iowa State
Sept. 24 – Fordham
Sept. 2 – Delaware State
Sept. 9 – at Florida Atlantic
Sept. 16 – Iowa State
Sept. 30 – at Rutgers
Aug. 31 – at Syracuse
Sept. 7 – South Alabama
Sept. 21 – at Kentucky
Sept. 13 – at Illinois
Sept. 12 – Cincinnati
Sept. 19 – at South Alabama