Cleveland, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced the 2018 football schedule
today. Highlighting the schedule are 16 games available nationally during the last
month of the regular season, slated for ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and CBS Sports Network
as the conference race unfolds in both the East and West divisions.

An updated release of the MAC 2018 football schedule will be released in June with
kick times and a television schedule for the first three weeks of the regular season
and midweek games during late October and November.  All other game kick times and
television will be announced 12 days prior to the scheduled game.

The regular season will conclude with the 22nd Marathon MAC Football Championship
game at a date to be determined from Ford Field in Detroit.  This will mark the 15th
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 11th 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, SEC, Notre Dame and BYU. In addition, the Conference will
also face opponents from the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mountain
West Conference, Sun Belt Conference and Independents Army and UMass.

MAC programs will face five non-conference foes that finished in the final AP Top 25
poll: Penn State (9), Notre Dame (11), Miami-Fla. (13), Michigan State (15) and
Northwestern (17).

A total of 12 non-conference games will feature a Big Ten opponent (Illinois;
Indiana; Iowa; Maryland; Michigan; Michigan State; Minnesota; Nebraska;
Northwestern; Penn State; Purdue; Rutgers). The MAC will face foes from the ACC
(5—Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Syracuse, Virginia), SEC (2—Kentucky,
Ole Miss), Pac-12 (2-Oregon, Utah), Big 12 (2—Iowa State; Kansas); and Independent
Notre Dame, BYU, Army (3 games) and UMass.

The MAC will also face opponents from the American Athletic Conference (3—
Cincinnati (2), Temple), Mountain West (3—Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State),
Conference USA (2—Marshall, Western Kentucky) and Sun Belt Conference (1—Georgia
State).

This season the MAC will host 10 games against FBS non-conference opponents.

MAC Home Games vs. FBS Non-Conference opponents:
-Syracuse (ACC) at Western Michigan, on Aug. 31 (CBS Sports Network);
-Cincinnati (American) at Miami on Sept. 8 (at Paul Brown Stadium);
-Kansas (Big-12) at Central Michigan on Sept. 8;
-Maryland (Big Ten) at Bowling Green on Sept. 8;
-Utah (Pac-12) at NIU on Sept. 8;
-Miami (Fla.) (ACC) at Toledo on Sept. 15;
-Western Kentucky (C-USA) at Ball State on Sept. 22;
-Army (Independent) at Buffalo on Sept. 29;
-UMass (Independent) at Ohio on Sept. 29;
-Army (Independent) at Eastern Michigan on Oct. 27.

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 five (5) states - Illinois, Indiana,
Michigan, New York, and Ohio.

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 conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.


2018 MAC Football Schedule (composite by date)
All times listed ET
*Conference Game

Aug. 30 – Thursday
Central Connecticut State at Ball State

Aug. 31 – Friday
Monmouth at Eastern Michigan
Syracuse at Western Michigan, Time TBA (CBS Sports Network)

Sep. 1 – Saturday
Akron at Nebraska
Bowling Green at Oregon
Central Michigan at Kentucky
Delaware State at Buffalo
Howard at Ohio
Kent State at Illinois
Marshall at Miami
NIU at Iowa
VMI at Toledo

Sep. 8 – Saturday
Ball State at Notre Dame
Buffalo at Temple
Cincinnati at Miami (at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio)
Eastern Michigan at Purdue
Howard at Kent State
Kansas at Central Michigan
Maryland at Bowling Green
Morgan State at Akron
Utah at NIU
Western Michigan at Michigan

Sep. 15 – Saturday
Akron at Northwestern
Ball State at Indiana
*Central Michigan at NIU
Delaware State at Western Michigan
Eastern Kentucky at Bowling Green
*Eastern Michigan at Buffalo
Kent State at Penn State
Miami (Fla.) at Toledo
Miami at Minnesota
Ohio at Virginia

Sep. 22 – Saturday
Akron at Iowa State
Buffalo at Rutgers
Eastern Michigan at San Diego State
Kent State at Ole Miss
Maine at Central Michigan
*Miami at Bowling Green
Nevada at Toledo
NIU at Florida State
Ohio at Cincinnati
Western Kentucky at Ball State
Western Michigan at Georgia State

Sep. 29 – Saturday
Army at Buffalo
Bowling Green at Georgia Tech
Central Michigan at Michigan State
*Kent State at Ball State
*NIU at Eastern Michigan
Toledo at Fresno State
UMass at Ohio
*Western Michigan at Miami

Oct. 6 – Saturday
*Bowling Green at Toledo
*Buffalo at Central Michigan
*Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
*Miami at Akron
*NIU at Ball State
*Ohio at Kent State

Oct. 13 – Saturday
*Akron at Buffalo
*Ball State at Central Michigan
*Kent State at Miami
*Ohio at NIU
*Toledo at Eastern Michigan
*Western Michigan at Bowling Green

Oct. 20 – Saturday
*Akron at Kent State
*Bowling Green at Ohio
*Buffalo at Toledo
*Eastern Michigan at Ball State
Miami at Army
*Western Michigan at Central Michigan

Oct. 25 – Thursday
*Ball State at Ohio, Time TBA (ESPN2/CBS Sports Network)
*Toledo at Western Michigan, Time TBA (ESPN2/CBS Sports Network)

Oct. 27 – Saturday
Army at Eastern Michigan
*Central Michigan at Akron
NIU at BYU

Oct. 30 – Tuesday
*Kent State at Bowling Green, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
*Miami at Buffalo, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Oct. 31 – Wednesday
*Ball State at Toledo, Time TBA (ESPN2)

Nov. 1 – Thursday
*NIU at Akron, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)
*Ohio at Western Michigan, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

Nov. 3 – Saturday
*Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan

Nov. 6 – Tuesday
*Kent State at Buffalo, Time TBA (ESPNU)

Nov. 7 – Wednesday
*Ohio at Miami, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
*Toledo at NIU, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 10 – Saturday
*Akron at Eastern Michigan
*Bowling Green at Central Michigan

Nov. 13 – Tuesday
*Western Michigan at Ball State, Time TBA (ESPN2)

Nov. 14 – Wednesday
*Buffalo at Ohio, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
*Miami at NIU, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 15 – Thursday
*Toledo at Kent State, Time TBA (CBS Sports Network)

Nov. 17 – Saturday
*Bowling Green at Akron

Nov. 20 – Tuesday
*Ball State at Miami, Time TBA (ESPN2 or ESPNU/ESPN3)
*NIU at Western Michigan, Time TBA (ESPN2 or ESPNU/ESPN3)

Nov. 23 – Friday
*Akron at Ohio, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)
*Buffalo at Bowling Green, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)
*Central Michigan at Toledo, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)
*Eastern Michigan at Kent State, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

2018 Marathon MAC Football Championship Game
East Division Champion vs. West Division Champion
Marathon MAC Championship Game, Date, Time and Television TBA
At Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.


2018 MAC Football Schedule (composite by school)
All times listed ET
*Conference Game

EAST DIVISION

Akron
Sep.
1              at Nebraska
8              Morgan State
15           at Northwestern
22           at Iowa State
Oct.
6              *Miami
13           *at Buffalo
20           *at Kent State
27           *Central Michigan
Nov.
1              *NIU, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)
10           *at Eastern Michigan
17           *Bowling Green
23           *at Ohio, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Bowling Green
Sep.
1              at Oregon
8              Maryland
15           Eastern Kentucky
22           *Miami
29           at Georgia Tech
Oct.
6              *at Toledo
13           *Western Michigan
20           *at Ohio
30           *Kent State, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Nov.
10           *at Central Michigan
17           *at Akron
23           *Buffalo, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Buffalo
Sep.
1              Delaware State
8              at Temple
15           *Eastern Michigan
22           at Rutgers
29           Army
Oct.
6              *at Central Michigan
13           *Akron
20           *at Toledo
30           *Miami, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Nov.
6              *Kent State, Time TBA (ESPNU)
14           *at Ohio, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
23           *at Bowling Green, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Kent State
Sep.
1              at Illinois
8              Howard
15           at Penn State
22           at Ole Miss
29           *at Ball State
Oct.
6              *Ohio
13           *at Miami
20           *Akron
30           *at Bowling Green, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Nov.
6              *at Buffalo, Time TBA (ESPNU)
15           *Toledo, Time TBA (CBS Sports Network)
23           *Eastern Michigan, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Miami
Sep.
1              Marshall
8              Cincinnati (at Paul Brown Stadium)
15           at Minnesota
22           *at Bowling Green
29           *Western Michigan
Oct.
6              *at Akron
13           *Kent State
20           at Army
30           *at Buffalo, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Nov.
7              *Ohio, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
14           *at NIU, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
20           *Ball State, Time TBA (ESPN2 or ESPNU/ESPN3)

Ohio
Sep.
1              Howard
15           at Virginia
22           at Cincinnati
29           UMass
Oct.
6              *at Kent State
13           *at NIU
20           *Bowling Green
25           *Ball State, Time TBA (ESPN2/CBS Sports Network)
Nov.
1              *at Western Michigan, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)
7              *at Miami, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
14           *Buffalo, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
23           *Akron, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)


WEST DIVISION

Ball State
Aug.
30           Central Connecticut State
Sep.
8              at Notre Dame
15           at Indiana
22           Western Kentucky
29           *Kent State
Oct.
6              *NIU
13           *at Central Michigan
20           *Eastern Michigan
25           *at Ohio, Time TBA (ESPN2/CBS Sports Network)
31           *at Toledo, Time TBA (ESPN2)
Nov.
13           *Western Michigan, Time TBA (ESPN2)
20           *at Miami, Time TBA (ESPN2 or ESPNU/ESPN3)

Central Michigan
Sept.
1              at Kentucky
8              Kansas
15           *at NIU
22           Maine
29           at Michigan State
Oct.
6              *Buffalo
13           *Ball State
20           *Western Michigan
27           *at Akron
Nov.
3              *at Eastern Michigan
10           *Bowling Green
23           *at Toledo, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Eastern Michigan
Aug.
31           Monmouth
Sep.
8              at Purdue
15           *at Buffalo
22           at San Diego State
29           *NIU
Oct.
6              *at Western Michigan
13           *Toledo
20           *at Ball State
27           Army
Nov.
3              *Central Michigan
10           *Akron
23           *at Kent State, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Northern Illinois (NIU)
Sep.
1              at Iowa
8              Utah
15           *Central Michigan
22           at Florida State
29           *at Eastern Michigan
Oct.
6              *at Ball State
13           *Ohio
27           at BYU
Nov.
1              *at Akron, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)
7              *Toledo, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
14           *Miami, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
20           *at Western Michigan, Time TBA (ESPN2 or ESPNU/ESPN3)

Toledo
Sep.
1              VMI
15           Miami (Fla.)
22           Nevada
29           at Fresno State
Oct.
6              *Bowling Green
13           *at Eastern Michigan
20           *Buffalo
25           *at Western Michigan, Time TBA (ESPN2/CBS Sports Network)
31           *Ball State, Time TBA (ESPN2)
Nov.
7              *at NIU, Time TBA (ESPN2/ESPNU)
15           *at Kent State, Time TBA (CBS Sports Network)
23           *Central Michigan, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Western Michigan
Aug.
31           Syracuse, Time TBA (CBS Sports Network)
Sep.
8              at Michigan
15           Delaware State
22           at Georgia State
29           *at Miami
Oct.
6              *Eastern Michigan
13           *at Bowling Green
20           *at Central Michigan
25           *Toledo, Time TBA (ESPN2/CBS Sports Network)
Nov.
1              *Ohio, Time TBA (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)
13           *at Ball State, Time TBA (ESPN2)
20           *NIU, Time TBA (ESPN2 or ESPNU/ESPN3)