Record-Courier staff report
Kent State football's encore to the greatest season in school history was officially announced on Friday by the Mid-American Conference.
While the program's non-league games had been known for some time, no specific dates and the rest of the team's schedule had yet to be released. Game times for all matchups still have yet to be announced.
The Flashes' 12-game schedule will include five home games at Dix Stadium, beginning with a Thursday night season opener against Liberty on Aug. 29.
The other four home games include matchups with Bowling Green (Sept. 7), a MAC Championship Game rematch with Northern Illinois (Oct. 5), Buffalo (Oct. 26) and a Wednesday night showdown with Ohio (Nov. 13).
The battle with the RedHawks is the first of back-to-back weeknight MAC East games to be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the Golden Flashes will close out the regular season with a nationally televised game at Ohio.
The last four games will be MAC East tilts, including the battle for the Wagon Wheel at Akron (Nov. 2). The Flashes will be looking for a fourth consecutive victory against their archrival.
In one of the toughest consecutive Saturday tasks in program history, Kent State will visit LSU on Sept. 14 and Penn State on Sept. 21. After coming to Dix Stadium in 2012, West Division opponents Western Michigan (Sept. 28) and Ball State (Oct. 12) will each host the Flashes this season.
For the second time during the 2013 calendar year, Kent State will visit Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., this time taking on South Alabama. The stadium was the site of the Flashes' first bowl game since 1972 when KSU lost to Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl to close last season.
The 16th Marathon MAC Championship Game will be Friday, Dec. 6 at Ford Field in Detroit on ESPN2.
Spring practice for the Flashes will begin on April 2, ending with the annual Spring Game at 6 p.m. on April 27.
Kent State football
Aug. 29 Liberty
Sept. 7 Bowling Green
Sept. 14 at LSU
Sept. 21 at Penn State
Sept. 28 at Western Mich.
Oct. 5 Northern Illinois
Oct. 12 at Ball State
Oct. 19 at South Alabama
Oct. 26 Buffalo
Nov. 2 at Akron
Nov. 13 Miami
Nov. 19 at Ohio