MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The University of Memphis released their 2019 football schedule on Thursday, which includes more Saturday games than in the past few years.
The Tigers will kick off their season with a renewed rivalry game with Ole Miss.
Memphis will host the Rebels on Saturday, August 31, as the teams play each other for the first time since Memphis upset Ole Miss in 2015.
Ten of the team's games will be on Saturday.
“Our fans asked me to fight for more Saturday home games and that’s what I did,” Athletics Director Tom Bowen said. “To be able to get a schedule with 10 Saturday dates and still have nationally-televised home games like we will with Navy was a challenge we embraced. We also have two bye dates in the 2019 schedule, both before key West Division games.”
Non-conference games include trips to South Alabama and Louisiana-Monroe as well as a home game with Southern.
Memphis will take a year off against UCF after the teams faced off in back-to-back AAC championships in the past two seasons.
Memphis will get a nationally televised game when they play at Navy on ESPN on Thursday, September 26.
The full schedule is below:
Saturday, August 31 OLE MISS
Saturday, September 7 SOUTHERN
Saturday, September 14 at South Alabama
Thursday, September 26 NAVY * (ESPN)
Saturday, October 5 at UL Monroe
Saturday, October 12 at Temple *
Saturday, October 19 TULANE *
Saturday, October 26 at Tulsa *
Saturday, November 2 SMU *
Saturday, November 16 at Houston *
Saturday, November 23 at USF *
Friday, November 29 CINCINNATI *