Miami U. sports gearing up for fall

From Miami University Athletics

OXFORD — The countdown is on for Miami University as the Redhawks will open the 2016 football season just five Saturdays from now. MU will be on the road for their first opponent, taking on the Big Ten’s Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City on Sept. 3.

The opener will be followed by two straight non Mid-American Conference home games against Eastern Illinois and Western Kentucky on Sept. 100 and 17. The Redhawks will then travel south for their annual showdown with the University of Cincinnati, Sept. 24.

Their MAC schedule opens on October 1, facing Ohio University in Oxford. Miami recently particpated in the MAC’s media day and have been picked to finish fifth in the preseason MAC poll.

DETROIT — The Miami University football team was picked to finish fifth in the 2016 Mid-American Conference preseason poll. The poll was conducted by 26 media members who follow the conference and was announced at the league’s annual media day in Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

Bowling Green (136) was picked as a slight favorite over Ohio (134) in the East Division. Those two teams were followed by Akron (107), Buffalo (75), Miami (52) and Kent (42).

In the West Division, Western Michigan (144) was picked to advance to the MAC Championship contest. The Broncos were followed by Toledo (113), Northern Illinois (112), Central Michigan (98), Ball State (44) and Eastern Michigan (35).

Miami opens the season on Sept. 3 at Iowa and will play host to Eastern Illinois on Sept. 10. Season tickets remain available and can be purchased HERE.

The Mid-American Conference also announced that Miami’s Sept. 17 contest versus Western Kentucky will be carried by the Buckeye Cable Sports Network/Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. That contest will begin at 3:30 p.m.

A complete list of the preseason poll can be found below:

MAC East Division — 1. Bowling Green (12) 136; 2. Ohio (10) 134; 3. Akron (4) 107;; 4. Buffalo 75; 5. Miami 52; 6. Kent State 42

MAC West Division: 1. Western Michigan (19) 144; 2. Toledo (2) 113; 3. Northern Illinois (3) 112; 4. Central Michigan (2) 98; 5. Ball State 44; 6. Eastern Michigan 35

From Miami University Athletics