MONTGOMERY – The 2019 Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff will be played on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. (CT) at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. The Samford Bulldogs and Youngstown State Penguins will meet in this year’s game.
The 2019 season will mark the third consecutive season that the FCS Kickoff will take place in Montgomery. Last year, North Carolina A&T defeated Jacksonville State 20-17, and in 2017, Jacksonville State defeated Chattanooga, 27-13. Samford will be the third straight team from the state of Alabama to participate in the event. The FCS Kickoff began in 2014 when Eastern Washington defeated Sam Houston State 56-35 at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
The Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff will open a tent pole day of College Football 150 themed programming on ESPN. The network announced earlier today that Miami and Florida will meet in the 2019 Camping World Kickoff in Orlando at 7 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN’s CFB150 documentary, Football is US: The College Game will also air as part of the day’s lineup. A full programming schedule will be announced in the coming months.
ESPN’s multiplatform College Football 150 initiative began in early January and will continue with multiple digital initiatives through the year. Starting August 17, ESPN’s linear rollout will include two documentaries, two weekly docuseries and the selection of the 150 greatest games, teams, coaches, and players. The initiative will culminate with the selection of college football’s all-time All-America team surrounding the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2020.