Published on July 17, 2019 by Joey Mullins  
Game Zero Football

Samford University will open the 2019 college football season in the Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff against Youngstown State at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama on Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. The game is the first of the season in all college football and will be nationally televised by ESPN. 

"We are thrilled to be selected for the 2019 Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff game and open FCS football nationally," Samford Director of Athletics Martin Newton said. "This is a great platform for us to showcase Samford, the university's mission and the quality of our Bulldog football program to a national audience against a quality opponent."

Tickets for the game can be purchased individually for $20.00 or bundled with a hospitality package which includes an indoor barbecue for $40.  Children 2 and under do not require a hospitality package purchase. Samford will also host an outdoor Fan Fest with live band, inflatables for children and concession stands to purchase food and drinks. Information about parking and shuttle service can be found at

"It is a great honor to be selected to play in the Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff game," Hatcher said. "We are excited about the opportunity to play such a quality opponent in Montgomery. It is a great venue that will bring lots of national attention to our team and university."

Samford has been to the FCS Playoffs each of the last two seasons under head coach Chris Hatcher. Overall, Samford has made five playoff appearances in school history. The 2019 Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff will be the fifth meeting between Samford and Youngstown State. The FCS Kickoff is in its sixth year overall. 

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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 2nd nationally for student engagement and US News & World Report ranks Samford 86th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,729 students from 47 states and 30 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 1st nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.