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The Mid-American Conference announced an updated version of the 2014 football regular season schedule today.  The majority of kick times and television for games during the first three weeks have been finalized.  The remaining kick times and television will be announced at a future date.

As previously announced this spring, highlighting the schedule will be 14 midweek nationally televised games during the month of November on ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3 as the conference race unfolds in both the East and West divisions. 


The regular season will conclude with the 18th Marathon MAC Football Championship game on Friday, Dec. 5 at Ford Field in Detroit on ESPN2.  This will mark the 11th Marathon MAC Football Championship game at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL, and the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four.
 
For the seventh year in a row, league schools will face a formidable non-conference slate of opponents from the following Football Bowl Subdivision conferences – ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. In addition, the conference will also face opponents from the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mountain West Conference, Sun Belt Conference and Independent Army.  


MAC programs will face six non-conference foes that finished in the final AP Top 25 poll: Michigan State (3), Missouri (5), Ohio State (12), Baylor (13), Wisconsin (22) and Vanderbilt (24). Two of these six games will be home games for MAC programs – Missouri at Toledo (Sept. 6) and Baylor at Buffalo (Sept. 12).

A total of 11 non-conference games will feature a Big Ten opponent (Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State (2), Purdue (2) and Wisconsin). The MAC will face foes from the ACC (5—Boston College, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech), SEC (5—Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Vanderbilt), Big 12 (3—Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas) and Pac-12 (1—Colorado).

The MAC will also face opponents from the American Athletic Conference (2— Cincinnati (2)), Mountain West (1—UNLV), Conference USA (4—Marshall (3), Western Kentucky) and Sun Belt Conference (3—Idaho (2), South Alabama), along with Independent Army (3).

MAC programs continue to increase the number of home or neutral site games against FBS Automatic Qualifying (AQ) Conference opponents.  This season the MAC will host 11 games against FBS non-conference foes, including Baylor (Big-12), Boston College (ACC); Colorado (Pac-12), Indiana (Big Ten), Missouri (SEC) and Syracuse (ACC).

MAC Home Games vs. FBS Non-Conference opponents:

-Boston College (ACC) at UMass on Aug. 30 at 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3);

-Marshall (Conference USA) at Miami on Aug. 30 at 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3);

-Missouri (SEC) at Toledo on Sept. 6 at Noon ET (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2);

-Colorado (PAC-12) at UMass on Sept. 6 at 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3);

-South Alabama (Sun Belt) at Kent State on Sept. 6 at 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3);

-Baylor (Big-12) at Buffalo on Sept. 12 at 8:00 pm ET (ESPN);

-Syracuse (ACC) at Central Michigan on Sept. 13 at Noon ET (ESPNU/ESPNews);

-Indiana (Big Ten) at Bowling Green on Sept. 13 at Noon ET (ESPNU/ESPNews);

-Idaho (Sun Belt) at Ohio on Sept. 20 at TBA;

-Marshall (Conference USA) at Akron on Sept. 20 at TBA;

-Army (Independent) at Kent State on Oct. 18 at 3:30 pm ET (TBA);

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of ten members of the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in six (6) states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. In addition a 13th school – University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. -- is an affiliate member for football only.

Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are -- East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947).  The University of Massachusetts (2012) competes in the East Division in football only.  The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.


2014 MAC Football Schedule (composite by date)

All times listed ET

*Conference Game

#ESPN Multiple-Game Selection Date (an ESPN weekday multiple-game selection date will be announced 12 days prior to the listed date.  One (1) game will be selected by each ESPN service listed).

Aug. 28 – Thursday

Howard at Akron, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Presbyterian at NIU, 7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT (ESPN3)

Tennessee-Chattanooga at Central Michigan, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Aug. 29 – Friday

Bowling Green at Western Kentucky, 8:00 pm ET (CBS Sports Network)

Aug. 30 – Saturday

Colgate at Ball State, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Boston College at UMass, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Duquesne at Buffalo, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

Marshall at Miami, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

Morgan State at Eastern Michigan, 6:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

*Ohio at Kent State, 6:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

New Hampshire at Toledo, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Western Michigan at Purdue

Sep. 6 – Saturday

Buffalo at Army, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)

Missouri at Toledo, Noon ET (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

South Alabama at Kent State, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Colorado at UMass, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Eastern Kentucky at Miami, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

Ohio at Kentucky, 3:30 pm ET (ESPNU)

VMI at Bowling Green, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

Eastern Michigan at Florida, 4:00 pm ET (SEC Network)

Akron at Penn State

Ball State at Iowa

Central Michigan at Purdue

NIU at Northwestern

Sep. 12 – Friday

Toledo at Cincinnati, 7:00 pm ET (ESPNU)

Baylor at Buffalo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN)

Sep. 13 – Saturday

Indiana at Bowling Green, Noon ET (ESPNU/ESPNews)

Ohio at Marshall, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)

Syracuse at Central Michigan, Noon ET (ESPNU/ESPNews)

UMass at Vanderbilt, Noon ET (FOX Sports Net)

Indiana State at Ball State, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Western Michigan at Idaho, 5:00 pm ET (TBA)

Eastern Michigan at Old Dominion

Kent State at Ohio State

Miami at Michigan

NIU at UNLV

Sep. 20 - Saturday

*Ball State at Toledo

Bowling Green at Wisconsin

Central Michigan at Kansas

Eastern Michigan at Michigan State

Idaho at Ohio

Marshall at Akron

Miami at Cincinnati

Murray State at Western Michigan

Norfolk State at Buffalo

NIU at Arkansas

UMass at Penn State

Sep. 27 – Saturday

*Bowling Green at UMass, 3:00 pm ET (TBA)

*Miami at Buffalo, 3:30 pm ET (TBA)

Akron at Pittsburgh

*Central Michigan at Toledo

Eastern Illinois at Ohio

Kent State at Virginia

Western Michigan at Virginia Tech

Oct. 4 – Saturday

*Eastern Michigan at Akron, 2:00 pm ET (TBA)

*Toledo at Western Michigan, 7:00 pm ET (TBA)

Ball State at Army

*Buffalo at Bowling Green

*Kent State at NIU

*Ohio at Central Michigan

*UMass at Miami

Oct. 11 - Saturday

*Bowling Green at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET (TBA)

*Western Michigan at Ball State, 3:00 pm ET (TBA)

Toledo at Iowa State, 3:30 pm ET (Mediacom Cable/Cyclones.tv)

*Central Michigan at NIU, 5:00 pm ET (TBA)

*Buffalo at Eastern Michigan

*Miami at Akron

*UMass at Kent State

Oct. 18 - Saturday

Army at Kent State, 3:30 pm ET (TBA)

*Akron at Ohio

*Ball State at Central Michigan

*Eastern Michigan at UMass

*Miami at NIU

*Western Michigan at Bowling Green

Oct. 25 – Saturday

*UMass at Toledo, 2:00 pm ET (TBA)

*Kent State at Miami, 2:30 pm ET (TBA)

*Akron at Ball State

*Central Michigan at Buffalo

*NIU at Eastern Michigan

*Ohio at Western Michigan

Nov. 1 – Saturday

*Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan

*Western Michigan at Miami

Nov. 4 – Tuesday

#*Bowling Green at Akron, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

#*Toledo at Kent State, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 5 – Wednesday

#*Buffalo at Ohio, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

#*NIU at Ball State, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 11 – Tuesday

#*Akron at Buffalo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

#*Toledo at NIU, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 12 – Wednesday

#*Ball State at UMass, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

#*Kent State at Bowling Green, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 15 – Saturday

*Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan

*Miami at Central Michigan

Nov. 18 – Tuesday

#*NIU at Ohio, 8:00 pm ET (ESPNU/ESPN3)

#*UMass at Akron, 8:00 pm ET (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Nov. 19 – Wednesday

#*Bowling Green at Toledo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

#*Kent State at Buffalo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 22 – Saturday

*Eastern Michigan at Ball State

*Western Michigan at Central Michigan

Nov. 25 – Tuesday

#*Akron at Kent State, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPN3)

#*Ohio at Miami, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPN3)

Nov. 28 – Friday

#*Ball State at Bowling Green, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3)

#*Buffalo at UMass, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3)

#*NIU at Western Michigan, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3)

#*Toledo at Eastern Michigan, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Dec. 5 – Friday

East Division Champion vs. West Division Champion

Marathon MAC Championship Game, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

At Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.

2014 MAC Football Schedule (composite by school) 

All times listed ET

*Conference Game

#ESPN Multiple-Game Selection Date (an ESPN weekday multiple-game selection date will be announced 12 days prior to the listed date.  One (1) game will be selected by each ESPN service listed).

EAST DIVISION

Akron

Aug.

28           Howard, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep.

6              at Penn State

20           Marshall

27           at Pittsburgh

Oct.

4              *Eastern Michigan, 2:00 pm ET (TBA)

11           *Miami

18           *at Ohio

25           *at Ball State

Nov.

4              #*Bowling Green, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

11           #*at Buffalo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

18           #*UMass, 8:00 pm ET (ESPNU/ESPN3)

25           #*at Kent State, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPN3)

Bowling Green

Aug.

29           at Western Kentucky, 8:00 pm ET (CBS Sports Network)

Sept.

6              VMI, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

13           Indiana, Noon ET (ESPNU/ESPNews)

20           at Wisconsin

27           *at UMass, 3:00 pm ET (TBA)

Oct.

4              *Buffalo

11           *at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET (TBA)

18           *Western Michigan

Nov.

4              #*at Akron, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

12           #*Kent State, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

19           #*at Toledo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

28           #*Ball State, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Buffalo

Aug.

30           Duquesne, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep.

6              at Army, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)

12           Baylor, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN)

20           Norfolk State

27           *Miami, 3:30 pm ET (TBA)

Oct.

4              *at Bowling Green

11           *at Eastern Michigan

25           *Central Michigan

Nov.

5              #*at Ohio, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

11           #*Akron, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

19           #*Kent State, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

28           #*at UMass, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Kent State

Aug.

30           *Ohio, 6:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep.

6              South Alabama, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

13           at Ohio State

27           at Virginia

Oct.

4              *at NIU

11           *UMass

18           Army, 3:30 pm ET (TBA)

25           *at Miami, 2:30 pm ET (TBA)

Nov.

4              #*Toledo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

12           #*at Bowling Green, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

19           #*at Buffalo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

25           #*Akron, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPN3)

UMass

Aug.

30           Boston College, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep.

6              Colorado, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

13           at Vanderbilt, Noon ET (FOX Sports Net)

20           at Penn State

27           *Bowling Green, 3:00 pm ET (TBA)

Oct.

4              *at Miami

11           *at Kent State

18           *Eastern Michigan

25           *at Toledo, 2:00 pm ET (TBA)

Nov.

12           *Ball State, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

18           *at Akron, 8:00 pm ET (ESPNU/ESPN3)

28           #*Buffalo, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Miami

Aug.

30           Marshall, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep.

6              Eastern Kentucky, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

13           at Michigan

20           at Cincinnati

27           *at Buffalo, 3:30 pm ET (TBA)

Oct.

4              *UMass

11           *at Akron

18           *at NIU

25           *Kent State, 2:30 pm ET (TBA)

Nov.

1              *Western Michigan

15           *at Central Michigan

25           #*Ohio, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPN3)

Ohio

Aug.

30           *at Kent State, 6:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep.

6              at Kentucky, 3:30 pm ET (ESPNU)

13           at Marshall, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)

20           Idaho

27           Eastern Illinois

Oct.

4              *at Central Michigan

11           *Bowling Green, 2:00 pm ET (TBA)

18           *Akron

25           *at Western Michigan

Nov.

5              #*Buffalo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

18           #*NIU, 8:00 pm ET (ESPNU/ESPN3)

25           #*at Miami, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPN3)

WEST DIVISION

Ball State

Aug.

30           Colgate, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep.

6              at Iowa

13           Indiana State, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

20           *at Toledo

Oct.

4              at Army

11           *Western Michigan, 3:00 pm ET (TBA)

18           *at Central Michigan

25           *Akron

Nov.

5              #*NIU, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

12           #*at UMass, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

22           *Eastern Michigan

28           #*at Bowling Green, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Central Michigan

Aug.

28           Tennessee-Chattanooga, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep.

6              at Purdue

13           Syracuse, Noon ET (ESPNU/ESPNews)

20           at Kansas

27           *at Toledo

Oct.

4              *Ohio

11           *at NIU, 5:00 pm ET (TBA)

18           *Ball State

25           *at Buffalo

Nov.

1              *at Eastern Michigan

15           *Miami

22           *Western Michigan

Eastern Michigan

Aug.

30           Morgan State, 6:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep.

6              at Florida, 4:00 pm ET (SEC Network)

13           at Old Dominion

20           at Michigan State

Oct.

4              *at Akron, 2:00 pm ET (TBA)

11           *Buffalo

18           *at UMass

25           *NIU

Nov.

1              *Central Michigan

15           *at Western Michigan

22           *at Ball State

28           #*Toledo, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Northern Illinois (NIU)

Aug.

28           Presbyterian, 7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT (ESPN3)

Sep.

6              at Northwestern

13           at UNLV

20           at Arkansas

Oct.

4              *Kent State

11           *Central Michigan, 5:00 pm ET/4:00 pm CT (TBA)

18           *Miami

25           *at Eastern Michigan

Nov.

5              #*at Ball State, 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT (ESPN2/ESPNU)

11           #*Toledo, 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT (ESPN2/ESPNU)

18           #*at Ohio, 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT (ESPNU/ESPN3)

28           #*at Western Michigan, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Toledo

Aug.

30           New Hampshire, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep.

6              Missouri, Noon ET (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

12           at Cincinnati, 7:00 pm ET (ESPNU)

20           *Ball State

27           *Central Michigan

Oct.

4              *at Western Michigan, 7:00 pm ET (TBA)

11           at Iowa State, 3:30 pm ET (Mediacom Cable/Cyclones.tv)

25           *UMass, 2:00 pm ET (TBA)

Nov.

4              #*at Kent State, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

11           #*at NIU, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

19           #*Bowling Green, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

28           #*at Eastern Michigan, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Western Michigan

Aug.

30           at Purdue

Sep.

13           at Idaho, 5:00 pm ET (TBA)

20           Murray State

27           at Virginia Tech

Oct.

4              *Toledo, 7:00 pm ET (TBA)

11           *at Ball State, 3:00 pm ET (TBA)

18           *at Bowling Green

25           *Ohio

Nov.

1              *at Miami

15           *Eastern Michigan

22           *at Central Michigan

28           #*NIU, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3)