The Youngstown State against Samford 2019 Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff on August 24 will be part of a Week Zero doubleheader that ESPN will use to kickoff the celebration of College Football's 150th Anniversary. The contest will kickoff at 3 p.m. Eastern time/2 p.m. Central time at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., and be carried on ESPN.
The first college football contest of the 150th year of college football will feature the Penguins and Bulldogs. That contest will be followed on ESPN by a game between Florida and Miami (Fla.) that will meet in the 2019 Camping World Kickoff in Orlando at 7 p.m.
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. 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.
The game will also be carried live on 570 WKBN AM and the iHeartMedia App.