ATHENS, Ohio – On Thursday, the Mid-American Conference released its full schedule of 2018 football games. In conjunction with the announcement, Ohio announced its full 2018 football slate.
Ohio will open the season at home on Sept. 1 against Howard. The Bison finished second in the MEAC in 2017 amassing a 7-4 overall record including a season-opening win over UNLV 43-40 in Las Vegas.
The Bobcats will then hit the road for two short road trips to fan-friendly destinations. First at Virginia on Sept. 15 then at Cincinnati on Sept. 22. Virginia went 6-7 in 2017 including a trip to the Military Bowl where they lost to Navy, 49-7. Cincinnati missed the post season last year after posting a 4-8 record including losses to Marshall (38-21) and UCF (51-23).
Ohio has played Virginia just once, a 41-7 loss in 1993. Ohio holds a 23-23-4 all-time record against Cincinnati but has not faced the Bearcats since 1981.
Ohio returns home for Parents Weekend on Sept. 29 hosting UMass. Ohio topped UMass 58-50 in Amherst last season and own a 3-0 all-time record against UMass.
Ohio will open Mid-American Conference play traveling to Kent State on Oct. 6 and NIU Oct. 13. Ohio is coming off a 48-3 win over Kent State in 2017 and owns a 46-25-2 record over the Golden Flashes in the all-time series. Ohio travels to Northern Illinois for the first time since its 2015 win over the Huskies, 26-21. Ohio is 10-11 all-time against NIU and that win was the Bobcats first in the series since 2009 and first in DeKalb since 2006.
The Bobcats return home to host Bowling Green for Homecoming on Oct. 20. Ohio topped the Falcons 48-30 last season and own a 27-40-2 all-time record against BG.
Ohio then begins its slate of five Mid-Week #MACtion games which will be televised on the ESPN family of networks or CBS Sports Network. The national platform brings Ohio University to homes all across the world and generates between $2.5-3.5 million dollars in media exposure for each game.
The Bobcats will host Ball State on either ESPN2 or CBS Sports Network on Oct. 20. Ohio has not faced Ball State since their 48-31 win over the Cardinals in 2015. Ohio owns a 9-15 all-time record against the Cardinals.
Ohio then travels for the next two weeks to Western Michigan Nov. 1 and at Miami Nov. 7. The game against the Broncos will be televised on ESPNU or CBS Sports Network while the Miami game will be carried on ESPN2 or ESPNU.
Ohio will get its first shot at Western Michigan since the 2016 Mid-American Conference championship game where WMU narrowly topped the Bobcats 29-23. Ohio will be looking for its sixth-straight win in the "Battle of the Bricks" against Miami. Ohio picked up a 45-28 win over the Redhawks on Halloween in 2017.
Ohio will close out the 2018 season hosting Buffalo on Nov. 14 on either ESPN2 or ESPNU and will then host Akron on Nov. 23 on ESPNU, CBS Sports Net or ESPN3.
The Bobcats closed out the 2017 regular season with a 31-24 loss at Buffalo. In the series, the home team has won the last eight meetings between the two schools.
Ohio has won nine out of the last 10 meetings against Akron but the Zips topped the Bobcats 37-34 last season to earn a berth in the 2017 Marathon MAC Championship game.
All game times are listed as TBA and further broadcast information will be announced at a later date.
Saturday, Sept. 1 – Howard
Saturday, Sept. 15 – at Virginia
Saturday, Sept. 22 – at Cincinnati
Saturday, Sept. 29 – UMass – Parents Weekend
Saturday, Oct. 6 – at Kent State*
Saturday, Oct. 13 – at NIU*
Saturday, Oct. 20 – Bowling Green* - Homecoming
Thursday, Oct. 25 – Ball State* (ESPN2/CBSSN)
Thursday, Nov. 1 – at Western Mich.* (ESPNU/CBSSN)
Wednesday, Nov. 7 – at Miami* (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Wednesday, Nov. 14 – Buffalo* (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Friday, Nov. 23 – Akron* (ESPNU/CBSSN/ESPN3)