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College football: A game-by-game look at the Miami RedHawks’ 2018 schedule

Optimism abounds for Miami University’s football team as the RedHawks open camp Friday.

Their 2018 opener is about a month away, but fifth-year head coach Chuck Martin is excited about the experienced crew he’s assembled.

“We’ve been building this thing for a long time,” Martin said last week during Mid-American Conference Media Day at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions. “It’s nice to finally have a large senior class that’s experienced and talented with a lot of character.”

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Asked about his biggest concern heading into camp, Martin didn’t have an immediate answer. He was then asked if the answer was, “Nothing.”

“I wouldn’t say nothing, but we’ve got a great opportunity this year,” said Martin, who is 16-33 at MU. “There’s nothing keeping me up about this football team right now. We’ve had a great offseason. We’ve got a couple new coaches this year, and all they talk about is how great our kids are. Not just talented, but just who they are.”

The RedHawks are coming off a 5-7 campaign and haven’t had a winning season since 2010.

Here’s a quick look at their 2018 schedule with some information on each game:

» Saturday, Sept. 1, Marshall, 3:30 p.m., Yager Stadium, Oxford — Miami leads the series 30-13-1, but lost to the Thundering Herd 31-26 last year.

» Saturday, Sept. 8, Cincinnati, 8 p.m., Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati — Miami has a 59-56-7 edge in the series, yet hasn’t beaten the Bearcats since 2005. Last year’s final was 21-17.

» Saturday, Sept. 15, Minnesota, 3:30 p.m., TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn. — The Golden Gophers have won all three meetings in the series, including the last one in 2011 (29-23).

» Saturday, Sept. 22, Bowling Green, time TBA, Doyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green — Miami has a 43-24-5 advantage in the series, but lost the 2017 matchup 37-29.

» Saturday, Sept. 29, Western Michigan, 3:30 p.m., Yager Stadium, Oxford — Miami owns a 37-21-1 edge in the series, with the Broncos winning the last meeting 35-13 in 2015.

» Saturday, Oct. 6, Akron, 3:30 p.m., InfoCision Stadium/Summa Field, Akron — Miami has a 17-9-1 series lead and beat the Zips 24-14 last year.

» Saturday, Oct. 13, Kent State, time TBA, Yager Stadium, Oxford — Miami holds a 48-17 lead in the series, but dropped a 17-14 decision to the Golden Flashes in 2017.

» Saturday, Oct. 20, Army, noon, Michie Stadium, West Point, N.Y. — Miami has a 3-2 series advantage and won the last meeting 35-28 in 2011.

» Tuesday, Oct. 30, Buffalo, 8 p.m., UB Stadium, Buffalo, N.Y. — Miami leads the series 14-6 and defeated the Bulls 24-14 last year.

» Wednesday, Nov. 7, Ohio, 7 or 8 p.m., Yager Stadium, Oxford — Miami has a 52-40-2 edge in the series, but lost 45-28 to the Bobcats in 2017.

» Wednesday, Nov. 14, Northern Illinois, 7 or 8 p.m., Huskie Stadium/Brigham Field, DeKalb, Ill. — NIU has earned a 9-8 series lead and posted a 45-12 victory in the last meeting in 2015.

» Tuesday, Nov. 20, Ball State, 7 p.m, Yager Stadium, Oxford — Miami holds an 18-12-1 advantage in the series and beat the Cardinals 28-7 last year.

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