Rockets to Host Six Home Contests in 2010, Including Opener vs. Arizona on Sept. 3

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 03/01/2010
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Coach Tim Beckman and the Rockets will play seven schools that made bowl games in 2009.

        TOLEDO, OH - The University of Toledo announced its 2010 football schedule today, a slate that includes six home games and six road contests. The home-game highlights include contests vs. Arizona  on Friday, Sept. 3 (ESPN), a Homecoming matchup vs. Wyoming on Oct. 2 and a battle with rival Bowling Green on Wednesday, Nov. 17 (ESPN2 or ESPNU).

            Toledo's other three games in the Glass Bowl are vs. Kent State (Oct. 16), Ball State (Oct. 23) and Central Michigan (Nov. 26). The Rockets will travel to Purdue (Sept. 25) and Boise State (Oct. 9) for their remaining non-conference battles. The four road games vs. Mid-American Conference foes are at Ohio (Sept. 11), Western Michigan (Sept. 18), Eastern Michigan (Oct. 30) and Northern Illinois (Nov. 9 on ESPN2).

            "Seven schools on our schedule played in bowl games last year, so it is clearly one of the most difficult schedules in the history of our program," said head coach Tim Beckman. "But I know our players and coaches are excited for the challenge. The non-conference schedule will really give us a chance to measure our progress as a football team. We're looking forward to hosting Arizona on national TV in the opening weekend of college football, as well as playing programs from around the country like Boise State, Purdue and Wyoming. I also think it's a big plus that we could have as many as four regular-season games on national TV."

            The bowl teams on Toledo's schedule include Boise State (14-0 in 2009); Arizona (8-5); Wyoming (7-6); Central Michigan (12-2); Ohio (9-5); Northern Illinois (7-6); and Bowling Green (7-6).

            The Arizona game is the latest in a string of high-profile home contests for the Rocket football program. Recent non-conference opponents to have played in the Glass Bowl include Colorado (2009), Fresno State (2008), Purdue (2007), Iowa State (2007), Kansas (2006), Pittsburgh (2003) and Minnesota (2001). Toledo also served as the host school vs. Ohio State at Cleveland Browns Stadium in 2009. Future home matchups include Boise State (2011), Navy (2013), Missouri (2014) and Iowa State (2015).

2010 Toledo Football Schedule
Day     Date            Opponent                                                          Site                          Time
Fri.      Sept. 3        ARIZONA (ESPN)                                                GLASS BOWL            8:00 p.m.
Sat.     Sept. 11       at Ohio*                                                              Athens, OH                 TBA
Sat.     Sept. 18       at Western Michigan*                                           Kalamazoo, MI            TBA
Sat.     Sept. 25       at Purdue                                                            West Lafayette, IN        TBA
Sat.     Oct. 2        WYOMING (Homecoming)                                   GLASS BOWL             7:00 p.m.
Sat.     Oct. 9          at Boise State                                                       Boise, ID                     TBA
Sat.    Oct. 16       KENT STATE*                                                       GLASS BOWL            TBA
Sat.    Oct. 23       BALL STATE*                                                      GLASS BOWL            TBA
Sat.     Oct. 30         at Eastern Michigan*                                            Ypsilanti, MI               TBA
Tue.    Nov. 9          at Northern Illinois* (ESPN2)                                  DeKalb, IL                  6:00 p.m. (CT)
Wed.   Nov. 17       BOWLING GREEN* (ESPN2/ESPNU)                     GLASS BOWL            TBA
Fri.      Nov. 26       CENTRAL MICHIGAN* (ESPNU/360)                    GLASS BOWL            TBA
Fri.      Dec. 3          MAC Championship Game# (ESPN2)                       Detroit, MI                  TBA

All times listed are site times
* Mid-American Conference Game
# West Division champion vs. East Division champion, Ford Field, Detroit, MI (ESPN2)

Schedule as of March 1, 2010. Subject to change

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