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MAC Announces Updated 2012 Football Schedule

Already 56 games slated for national or regional television networks

 

Cleveland, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced an updated version of its 2012 football schedule today and already 56 games are slated for either a national or regional television network.

With more games to be selected by national and regional outlets throughout the summer and early in the 2012 football calendar, the MAC will surpass last year's record number of televised games. In 2011, the MAC had over 71% of its football games televised by either a national or regional television network.

The 2012 season will also once again feature an over-the-air syndication package produced and distributed by ESPN Regional Television (ERT). These eight syndicated games can also be seen on ESPN Game Plan, ESPN Plus and ESPN3.

The regular season will conclude with the 15th MAC Football Championship game on Friday, Nov. 30 at Ford Field in Detroit on ESPN2. This will mark the ninth MAC Football Championship game at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL, and the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Most of the television exposure will occur with nine mid-week league games during the season which will be televised by ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 as the conference race unfolds in both the East and West divisions.

This season will also feature the debut of UMass as the newest member of the MAC. UMass will begin conference play for the 2012 football season and will be eligible for the conference football championship game and a bowl game beginning in the 2013 football season.

For the fifth year in a row, league schools will face a formidable non-conference slate of opponents from the following Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A) conferences – ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC-12 and SEC. In addition, the conference will also face independents Army and Navy, as well as Boise State from the Mountain West Conference.

A total of 12 of the schools’ non-conference games will feature an opponent from the Big Ten (Illinois, Indiana (2), Iowa (2), Michigan, Michigan State (2), Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue). The MAC will match up with a foe from the SEC (5—Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt), Big 12 (1—Kansas), ACC (2—Clemson, Virginia Tech), Big East (8— Connecticut (3), Cincinnati (2), Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida), PAC-12 (1-Arizona), Mountain West (2—Boise State, Wyoming), WAC (2—Idaho, New Mexico State), Conference USA (2—Central Florida, Marshall) and Sun Belt Conference (1—Florida International).



MAC programs continue to increase the number of home or neutral site games against FBS Automatic Qualifying (AQ) Conferences. This season the MAC will host eight games against FBS AQ conference foes including:

-Northern Illinois hosting Iowa in a neutral site game at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sept. 1 at 3:30 pm ET (ESPNU);

-Indiana (Big Ten) at UMass on Sept. 8 at 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3);

-Michigan State (Big Ten) at Central Michigan on Sept. 8 at 3:30 pm ET (ESPNU);

-UConn (Big East) at Western Michigan on Sept. 22 at 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3);

-Kansas (Big-12) at Northern Illinois on Sept. 22 at TBA (ESPNU or ESPN3);

-South Florida (Big East) at Ball State on Sept. 22 at 4:30 pm ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3);

-Cincinnati (Big East) at Toledo on Oct. 20 at TBA (ESPNU or ESPN3);

-Pittsburgh (Big East) at Buffalo on Oct. 20 at 3:30 pm ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3).

In addition, Akron will host Central Florida (C-USA) on Aug. 30; Bowling Green will host Idaho (WAC) on Sept. 8; Ohio will host New Mexico State (WAC) on Sept. 8; and independent Army will visit Eastern Michigan on Oct. 20 at 1:00 pm ET (ESPN3) and Navy will visit Central Michigan on Oct. 12 at 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2).

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 11 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.

2012 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. 30 – Thursday

Central Florida at Akron, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

*Eastern Michigan at Ball State, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Towson at Kent State, 7:00 pm ET

UMass at Connecticut, 7:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

Southeast Missouri at Central Michigan, TBA

Sep. 1 – Saturday

Miami at Ohio State, Noon ET (Big Ten Network)

Ohio at Penn State, Noon ET (ESPN)

Western Michigan at Illinois, Noon ET (ESPNU)

Iowa at Northern Illinois (at Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.), 3:30 pm ET (ESPNU)

Toledo at Arizona, TBA

Bowling Green at Florida, TBA

Buffalo at Georgia, TBA

Sep. 8 – Saturday

Ball State at Clemson, 12:30 pm ET (ACC Network/ESPN3)

Southern Illinois at Miami, 1:00 pm ET

Indiana at UMass, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

Michigan State at Central Michigan, 3:30 pm ET (ESPNU)

Morgan State at Buffalo, 6:00 pm ET (Time Warner Cable Sports Net)

Idaho at Bowling Green, 7:00 pm ET (BCSN/ESPN3)

Eastern Illinois at Western Michigan, 7:00 pm ET

New Mexico State at Ohio, 7:00 pm ET

Tennessee Martin at Northern Illinois, 7:00 pm ET

Akron at Florida International, TBA

Kent State at Kentucky, TBA

Illinois State at Eastern Michigan, TBA

Toledo at Wyoming, TBA

Sep. 15 – Saturday

Northern Illinois at Army, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)

Eastern Michigan at Purdue, Noon ET (Big Ten Network)

Western Michigan at Minnesota, Noon ET (Big Ten Network)

UMass at Michigan, 3:30 pm ET (Big Ten Network)

Morgan State at Akron, 3:30 pm ET

Miami at Boise State, 4:00 pm ET (NBC Sports Network)

*Bowling Green at Toledo, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Ball State at Indiana, 8:00 pm ET (Big Ten Network)

Ohio at Marshall, TBA

Sep. 19 – Wednesday

*Kent State at Buffalo, 7:00 pm ET (ESPNU)

Sep. 22 - Saturday

*UMass at Miami, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

Connecticut at Western Michigan, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Norfolk State at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET

South Florida at Ball State, 4:30 pm ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

Coastal Carolina at Toledo, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Kansas at Northern Illinois, TBA (ESPNU or ESPN3)

Akron at Tennessee, TBA

Bowling Green at Virginia Tech, TBA

Central Michigan at Iowa, TBA

Eastern Michigan at Michigan State, TBA

Sep. 29 – Saturday

*Ball State at Kent State, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

Buffalo at Connecticut, Noon ET (ESPN3)

*Miami at Akron, 2:00 pm ET

Rhode Island at Bowling Green, 3:30 pm ET (BCSN/ESPN3)

*Central Michigan at Northern Illinois, 3:30 pm ET

*Ohio at UMass, 3:30 pm ET

*Toledo at Western Michigan, TBA

Oct. 6 – Saturday

*Buffalo at Ohio, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

*Kent State at Eastern Michigan, 1:00 pm ET

*Bowling Green at Akron, 2:00 pm ET

*UMass at Western Michigan, 2:00 pm ET

*Central Michigan at Toledo, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Miami at Cincinnati, TBA

*Northern Illinois at Ball State, TBA

Oct. 12 - Friday

Navy at Central Michigan, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

Oct. 13 - Saturday

Kent State at Army, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)

*Akron at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET

*Buffalo at Northern Illinois, 3:30 pm ET

*Miami at Bowling Green, 3:30 pm ET (BCSN/ESPN3)

*Toledo at Eastern Michigan, TBA

*Western Michigan at Ball State, TBA

Oct. 20 - Saturday

*Bowling Green at UMass, Noon ET

*Northern Illinois at Akron, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

Army at Eastern Michigan, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

*Ball State at Central Michigan, 3:30 pm ET

*Western Michigan at Kent State, 3:30 pm ET

Cincinnati at Toledo, TBA (ESPNU or ESPN3)

Oct. 27 – Saturday

Ball State at Army, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)

*Northern Illinois at Western Michigan, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

*Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green, 3:30 pm ET (BCSN/ESPN3)

Kent State at Rutgers, 3:30 pm ET (Big East Network/ESPN3)

*Ohio at Miami, 3:30 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

*Toledo at Buffalo, 3:30 pm ET (Time Warner Cable Sports Net)

*Akron at Central Michigan, TBA

UMass at Vanderbilt, TBA

Nov. 1 – Thursday

*Eastern Michigan at Ohio, 6:00 pm ET (ESPNU)

Nov. 3 – Saturday

*Miami at Buffalo, Noon ET

*Akron at Kent State, 2:00 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

*UMass at Northern Illinois, 3:30 pm ET

*Western Michigan at Central Michigan, TBA (ESPN3)

Nov. 6 – Tuesday

*Ball State at Toledo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

Nov. 7 – Wednesday

*Bowling Green at Ohio, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

Nov. 10 – Saturday

*Western Michigan at Buffalo, Noon ET

*Kent State at Miami, 1:00 pm ET

*UMass at Akron, 2:00 pm ET

*Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan, TBA

Nov. 14 – Wednesday

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

#*Toledo at Northern Illinois, 9:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 17 – Saturday

*Kent State at Bowling Green, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

*Buffalo at UMass, TBA

*Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan, TBA

*Miami at Central Michigan, TBA

Nov. 20 – Tuesday

*Akron at Toledo, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

Nov. 23 – Friday

#*Ball State at Miami, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

#*Buffalo at Bowling Green, TBA (at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio) (ESPNU/ESPN3)

#*Central Michigan at UMass, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

#*Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

#*Ohio at Kent State, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Nov. 30 – Friday

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

At Ford Field in Detroit

Dec. 15 – Saturday

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 4:30 pm ET (ESPN)

Dec. 26 – Wednesday

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, 7:30 pm ET (ESPN)

Jan. 6 – Sunday

GoDaddy.com Bowl, 9:00 pm ET (ESPN)

2012 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).

 

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EAST DIVISION

Akron

Aug.

30 Central Florida, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep.

8 at Florida International, TBA

15 Morgan State, 3:30 pm ET

22 at Tennessee, TBA

29 *Miami, 2:00 pm ET

Oct.

6 *Bowling Green, 2:00 pm ET

13 *at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET

20 *Northern Illinois, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

27 *at Central Michigan, TBA

Nov.

3 *at Kent State, 2:00 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

10 *UMass, 2:00 pm ET

20 *at Toledo , 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

Bowling Green

Sep.

1 at Florida, TBA

8 Idaho, 7:00 pm ET (BCSN/ESPN3)

15 *at Toledo, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

22 at Virginia Tech, TBA

29 Rhode Island, 3:30 pm ET (BCSN/ESPN3)

Oct.

6 *at Akron, 2:00 pm ET

13 *Miami, 3:30 pm ET (BCSN/ESPN3)

20 *at UMass, Noon ET

27 *Eastern Michigan, 3:30 pm ET (BCSN/ESPN3)

Nov.

7 *at Ohio , 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

17 *Kent State, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

23 #*Buffalo , TBA (at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio) (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Buffalo

Sep.

1 at Georgia, TBA

8 Morgan State, 6:00 pm ET (Time Warner Cable Sports Net)

19 *Kent State, 7:00 pm ET (ESPNU)

29 at Connecticut, Noon ET (ESPN3)

Oct.

6 *at Ohio, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

13 *at Northern Illinois, 3:30 pm ET

20 Pittsburgh, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

27 *Toledo, 3:30 pm ET (Time Warner Cable Sports Net)

Nov.

3 *Miami, Noon ET

10 *Western Michigan, Noon ET

17 *at UMass, TBA

23 #*at Bowling Green , TBA (at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio) (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Kent State

Aug.

30 Towson, 7:00 pm ET

Sep.

8 at Kentucky, TBA

19 *at Buffalo, 7:00 pm ET (ESPNU)

29 *Ball State, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

Oct.

6 *at Eastern Michigan, 1:00 pm ET

13 at Army, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)

20 *Western Michigan, 3:30 pm ET

27 at Rutgers, 3:30 pm ET (Big East Network/ESPN3)

Nov.

3 *Akron, 2:00 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

10 *at Miami, 1:00 pm ET

17 *at Bowling Green, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

23 #*Ohio , TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

UMass

Aug.

30 at Connecticut, 7:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep.

8 Indiana, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)

15 at Michigan, 3:30 pm ET (Big Ten Network)

22 *at Miami, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

29 *Ohio, 3:30 pm ET

Oct.

6 *at Western Michigan, 2:00 pm ET

20 *Bowling Green, Noon ET

27 at Vanderbilt, TBA

Nov.

3 *at Northern Illinois, 3:30 pm ET

10 *at Akron, 2:00 pm ET

17 *Buffalo, TBA

23 #*Central Michigan , TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Miami

Sep.

1 at Ohio State, Noon ET (Big Ten Network)

8 Southern Illinois, 1:00 pm ET

15 at Boise State, 4:00 pm ET (NBC Sports Network)

22 *UMass, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

29 *at Akron, 2:00 pm ET

Oct.

6 at Cincinnati, TBA

13 *at Bowling Green, 3:30 pm ET (BCSN/ESPN3)

27 *Ohio, 3:30 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

Nov.

3 *at Buffalo, Noon ET

10 *Kent State, 1:00 pm ET

17 *at Central Michigan, TBA

23 #*Ball State , TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Ohio

Sep.

1 at Penn State, Noon ET (ESPN)

8 New Mexico State, 7:00 pm ET

15 at Marshall, TBA

22 Norfolk State, 2:00 pm ET

29 *at UMass, 3:30 pm ET

Oct.

6 *Buffalo, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

13 *Akron, 2:00 pm ET

27 *at Miami, 3:30 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

Nov.

1 *Eastern Michigan , 6:00 pm ET (ESPNU)

7 *Bowling Green, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

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

23 #*at Kent State , TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

WEST DIVISION

Ball State

Aug.

30 *Eastern Michigan, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep.

8 at Clemson, 12:30 pm ET (ACC Network/ESPN3)

15 at Indiana, 8:00 pm ET (Big Ten Network)

22 South Florida, 4:30 pm ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

29 *at Kent State, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

Oct.

6 *Northern Illinois, TBA

13 *Western Michigan, TBA

20 *at Central Michigan, 3:30 pm ET

27 at Army, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)

Nov.

6 *at Toledo , 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

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

23 #*at Miami , TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Central Michigan

Aug.

30 Southeast Missouri, TBA

Sep.

8 Michigan State, 3:30 pm ET (ESPNU)

22 at Iowa, TBA

29 *at Northern Illinois, 3:30 pm ET

Oct.

6 *at Toledo, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

12 Navy, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

20 *Ball State, 3:30 pm ET

27 *Akron, TBA

Nov.

3 *Western Michigan, TBA (ESPN3)

10 *at Eastern Michigan, TBA

17 *Miami, TBA

23 #*at UMass , TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Eastern Michigan

Aug.

30 *at Ball State, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep.

8 Illinois State, TBA

15 at Purdue, Noon ET (Big Ten Network)

22 at Michigan State, TBA

Oct.

6 *Kent State, 1:00 pm ET

13 *Toledo, TBA

20 Army, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

27 *at Bowling Green, 3:30 pm ET (BCSN/ESPN3)

Nov.

1 *at Ohio , 6:00 pm ET (ESPNU)

10 *Central Michigan, TBA

17 *at Western Michigan, TBA

23 #*Northern Illinois , TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Northern Illinois

Sep.

1 Iowa (at Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.), 3:30 pm ET (ESPNU)

8 Tennessee-Martin, 7:00 pm ET

15 at Army, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)

22 Kansas, TBA (ESPNU or ESPN3)

29 *Central Michigan, 3:30 pm ET

Oct.

6 *at Ball State, TBA

13 *Buffalo, 3:30 pm ET

20 *at Akron, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

27 *at Western Michigan, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

Nov.

3 *UMass, 3:30 pm ET

14 #*Toledo , 9:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

23 #*at Eastern Michigan , TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Toledo

Sep.

1 at Arizona, TBA

8 at Wyoming, TBA

15 *Bowling Green, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

22 Coastal Carolina, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

29 *at Western Michigan, TBA

Oct.

6 *Central Michigan, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

13 *at Eastern Michigan, TBA

20 Cincinnati, TBA (ESPNU or ESPN3)

27 *at Buffalo, 3:30 pm ET (Time Warner Cable Sports Net)

Nov.

6 *Ball State , 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

14 #*at Northern Illinois , 9:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

20 *Akron , 7:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

Western Michigan

Sep.

1 at Illinois, Noon ET (ESPNU)

8 Eastern Illinois, 7:00 pm ET

15 at Minnesota, Noon ET (Big Ten Network)

22 Connecticut, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

29 *Toledo, TBA

Oct.

6 *UMass, 2:00 pm ET

13 *at Ball State, TBA

20 *at Kent State, 3:30 pm ET

27 *Northern Illinois, Noon ET (ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3)

Nov.

3 *at Central Michigan, TBA (ESPN3)

10 *at Buffalo, Noon ET

17 *Eastern Michigan, TBA


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