This Week’s MAC Schedule
Saturday, October 21
*Akron at Toledo, Noon ET (ESPN3/Raycom/WTOL TV Toledo/WUAB TV Cleveland)
*Kent State at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)
*NIU at Bowling Green, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)
*Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)
*Buffalo at Miami, 2:30 pm ET (ESPN3)
*Central Michigan at Ball State, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3)
* Mid-American Conference contest

* Mid-American Conference contest

• Week Eight features six league games this Saturday, Oct. 21, including two more
cross over games with Akron at Toledo at Noon ET and NIU at Bowling Green at 2:00 pm
ET on ESPN3. The Akron at Toledo game will be broadcast by Raycom and available on
WTOL TV in Toledo, WUAB TV-43 in Cleveland and ESPN3.
• Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside was named a semifinalist for the 2017 Johnny
Unitas Golden Arm Award. The award honors the top quarterback from all divisions for
his accomplishments both on and off the field. Woodside leads the MAC in passing
yards (287.3 per game) and passing efficiency (157.1) for the 5-1 Rockets this
• This year the MAC has 11 FBS wins, including four wins over Autonomous Conferences
with two wins vs. Big Ten opponents (Nebraska, Rutgers) and two wins over Big 12
opponents (both wins over Kansas).
• This season in MAC crossover games the East and West Division are tied at 4-4 and
will play 18 crossover games during the regular season. The MAC West has had the
upper hand in crossover regular season games against the MAC East, winning the
head-to-head regular season series in eight of the last nine years (2008-2016) as
the West holds a 109-53 (.673%) regular season record over the East during that

• Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke rushed for another three touchdowns in a 48-30 win
at Bowling Green. Rourke is tied for second in the country with 12 rushing
• NIU’s 14-13 win at Buffalo was the first win by the Huskies with 14 points or less
in 29 years. The last time NIU won with only 14 points was Sept. 10, 1988 with a
14-10 win over Middle Tennessee State. Huskies quarterback Marcus Childers accounted
for 303 yards of total offense in the win at Buffalo.
• Akron earned a 14-13 win at Western Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 15. The game was
postponed on Saturday, Oct. 14 after heavy rains and lightning made Waldo Stadium
unplayable. The teams returned on Sunday and the Zips snapped Western Michigan’s
nine-game home winning streak, which was tied for the fifth longest current streak
in FBS. The Broncos last home loss was Nov. 11, 2015 against Bowling Green.
• Western Michigan running back Jarvion Franklin rushed for 130 yards on 31 carries,
the 18th 100-yard rushing game of his career. Franklin is 43 yards shy of breaking
the program’s all-time career rushing yards record by Robert Sanford. Franklin has
4,177 career rushing yards.
• Toledo running back Terry Swanson rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns, his
14th 100-yard rushing game of his career in a 30-10 win at Central Michigan. Toledo
rushed for 310 yards, the most since Jan. 4, 2015 against Arkansas State in the Bowl. Toledo is off to a 2-0 league start for the fourth consecutive

Northern Illinois sophomore defensive end Sutton Smith continues to make an impact
as he made four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in a
14-13 win at Buffalo. For the year, Smith increased his season totals with 16.0
tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks this season as both totals lead the nation. A native
of St. Joseph, Mo., Smith and the Huskies are off to a 4-2 start, 2-0 in MAC play
and will travel to Bowling Green this Saturday, Oct. 21 at 3:30 pm ET/2:30 pm CT on

Tickets are on sale for the 21st annual Marathon MAC Football Championship Game,
scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Ford Field in Detroit. Kick time and
television will be announced in mid-November. The matchup features the champions of
the MAC East and West Divisions, and will be the 14th hosted by Ford Field since
2004. Tickets are available at the following outlets:, by phone at
(877) 212-8898 and in person at the Ford Field Ticket Office Monday through Friday
between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Prices for the lower bowl are $20 sideline, $15 corner
and $10 general admission end zone.