ATHENS, Ohio — The Ohio football team has released its 2021 regular season schedule in conjunction with the Mid-American Conference office.
The Bobcats’ 12-game slate features six home games at Peden Stadium — including four Saturday dates. Homecoming is set for Saturday, October 9, when Ohio plays host to Central Michigan.
2021 OHIO FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Saturday, September 4: vs. Syracuse (Peden Stadium; Athens, Ohio)
Notable: Ohio and Syracuse have not squared off on the gridiron since 1921. The Bobcats will host an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent for the first time when they match up with the Orange in the season opener.
Saturday, September 11: vs. Duquesne (Peden Stadium; Athens, Ohio)
Notable: The Bobcats and the Dukes are set to meet for the first time since Ohio posted a 14-13 victory in 1948.
Saturday, September 18: at Louisiana (Cajun Field; Lafayette, La.)
Notable: Ohio and Louisiana are set to meet for the fourth time, with the most recent matchup coming on Sept. 21, 2019 in Athens. The Bobcats last visited Lafayette, La., on Sept. 8, 2007, and came away with a 31-23 victory over the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Saturday, September 25: at Northwestern (Ryan Field; Evanston, Ill.)
Notable: The Bobcats and Wildcats last faced off on Sept. 20, 2008. Ohio’s first game under the leadership of then head coach Frank Solich came at Northwestern on Sept. 3, 2005. The Bobcats will be seeking their first win over the Wildcats since the first meeting between the programs on Oct. 6, 1973 – at 14-12 triumph for Ohio.
Saturday, October 2: at Akron (InfoCision Stadium; Akron, Ohio)
Notable: The Bobcats are 22-14-1 all-time against the Zips and have won 13 of the last 16 meetings, including a 24-10 victory in the last meeting between the two teams on Nov. 10, 2020, at Peden Stadium. Ohio last visited InfoCision Stadium on Nov. 26, 2019, and the Bobcats cruised to a 52-3 win over the Zips.
Saturday, October 9: vs. Central Michigan (Peden Stadium; Athens, Ohio)
Notable: Ohio’s last win over Central Michigan came on Nov. 10, 2011 – a 43-28 road victory. The Bobcats have fallen short in their last five matchups against the Chippewas, including a 30-27 setback in the 2020 season opener on Nov. 4, 2020, at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Saturday, October 16: at Buffalo (UB Stadium; Amherst, N.Y.)
Notable: The Bobcats are 9-6 against the Bulls over the last 15 meetings, including a 21-20 win in overtime in the most recent matchup between the two squads on Oct. 5, 2019, at UB Stadium in Amherst, N.Y.
Saturday, October 23: vs. Kent State (Peden Stadium; Athens, Ohio)
Notable: Ohio is 45-25-2 all-time against Kent State, including a 10-5 mark over the last 15 meetings. The Bobcats have earned the upper hand over the Golden Flashes in each of the last six matchups. The most recent meeting between the two programs saw Ohio record a 45-38 win over Kent State on Oct. 19, 2019, at Peden Stadium.
Tuesday, November 2: vs. Miami (Peden Stadium; Athens, Ohio)
Battle of the Bricks
Notable: The Bobcats will be looking to halt a two-game losing skid to the RedHawks. Ohio’s last win over Miami came on Oct. 31, 2018, at Peden Stadium – a 45-28 victory.
Tuesday, November 9: at Eastern Michigan (Rynearson Stadium; Ypsilanti, Mich.)
Notable: Ohio and Eastern Michigan last squared off on Sept. 23, 2017, in Ypsilanti, Mich., which resulted in a 27-20 overtime victory for the Bobcats.
Tuesday, November 16: vs. Toledo (Peden Stadium; Athens, Ohio)
Notable: Ohio has won its last two matchups against Toledo, most recently beating the Rockets at home, 38-10, on Nov. 8, 2017.
Friday, November 26: at Bowling Green (Doyt Perry Stadium; Bowling Green, Ohio)
Notable: The Bobcats have posted five-straight wins over the Falcons, including a 52-10 rout in the most recent matchup on Nov. 28, 2020. Ohio last visited Doyt Perry Stadium on Nov. 19, 2019, a game in which the Bobcats recorded a 66-24 victory over Bowling Green to give Frank Solich his 111th win leading the Green & White, giving him the distinction of winningest head coach in MAC history.
Television platforms, along with game times, will be announced later this spring.
The Bobcats are coming off of a 2020 season that was shortened by the Covid-19 pandemic. Ohio finished the year 2-1, recording a pair of home wins over Mid-American Conference East Division rivals Akron (24-10) and Bowling Green (52-10) at Peden Stadium.
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