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UB will open 2018 football season against Delaware State

It's already time to mark your calendars for football season as the University at Buffalo announced its 2018 schedule.

The Bulls, who were bowl eligible for just the third time as an FBS program after going 6-6 last season, open 2018 at home against Delaware State on Sept. 1. It will be just the second meeting between the teams after they met in 1997. The Bulls then travel to Philadelphia to play Temple in the first meeting since the Owls left the Mid-American Conference after the 2011 season.

Buffalo opens MAC play on Sept. 15 hosting Eastern Michigan.

The Bulls close out their non-conference schedule with a game at Rutgers (Sept. 22) and a home game against Army West Point (Sept. 29). It will be the third straight year that Buffalo and Army have played. In 2016, the Bulls won on a walk-off overtime field goal by Adam Mitcheson while dropping a 21-17 decision at West Point in 2017.

The final seven games are against MAC opponents, beginning with a road contest at Central Michigan on Oct. 6. The Bulls will host Akron on Oct. 13 and then play at defending Mid-American Conference champion Toledo on Oct. 20.

Buffalo's final four games of the season will be weeknight contests played on national television. The Bulls will host Miami (Ohio) on Tues., Oct. 30 on either ESPN2 or ESPNU followed by a home game against Kent State on Tues., Nov. 6 on ESPNU.

The Bulls close out the regular season with two road games — at Ohio on Wed., Nov. 14 on either ESPN2 or ESPNU and at Bowling Green on Fri., Nov. 23.

The Bulls return 14 starters, including All-MAC wide receiver Anthony Johnson, who ranked second in the nation in receiving yards per game (113.0) and third in touchdowns (14) in 2017, along with all-conference linebacker Khalil Hodge, who ranked second in the nation in tackles (154) in 2017.

The Bulls 2018 schedule with times to be announced:

Sept.1 vs. Delaware State, Sept. 8 at Temple, Sept. 15 vs. Eastern Michigan, Sept. 22 at Rutgers, Sept. 29 vs. Army West Point, Oct. 6 at Central Michigan, Oct. 13 vs. Akron, Oct. 20 at Toledo, Oct. 30 vs. Miami (Ohio), Nov. 6 vs. Kent State, Nov. 14 at Ohio, Nov. 23 at Bowling Green.

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