Cleveland--The Mid-American Conference office announced a change today in the televised MAC Game of the Week to feature the matchup between the #11 ranked Marshall University Thundering Herd (9-0 overall, 6-0 MAC East Division) and MAC West Division champion Western Michigan University Broncos (7-2, 6-0).
The game time for the Marshall at Western Michigan contest has also been moved to noon from Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich. In addition, the game time for the originally scheduled televised game, Miami University (6-3, 5-1) at Ohio University (4-5, 4-2), has been moved to 1:00.
Viewers can see the Marshall-Western Michigan game Saturday, Nov. 13 at 12 noon (ET) on FOX Sports Net Ohio, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Midwest. The game will also be distributed and available nationally on Fox Sports Net at 12 noon.
The MAC Game of the Week highlights two of the top quarterbacks in the nation in WMU's Tim Lester and Marshall's Chad Pennington. Pennington is second in the nation in passing efficiency (173.6) and Lester is fourth (151.5). The MAC duo is also tied for the national lead in touchdown passes with 29 each.
The Miami at Ohio game will be carried by the Ohio Sports Network in its 1;00 time slot. The game will be broadcast on WVAH-TV Channel 11, the FOX affiliate in Huntington, W.Va., and also on WUCT-TV Channel 51 in Dayton and on Central Ohio Sports TV, a cable network in Columbus. FSN Ohio will tape delay the Miami at Ohio game for broadcast on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 12 noon.
The winner of the Miami at Ohio game could be in a position to challenge Marshall for the MAC East Division championship should the Thundering Herd lose Saturday. If Marshall wins at Western Michigan, the Herd will secure the East Division spot in the Dec. 3 MAC championship game.
The Miami at Ohio game features Heisman candidate Travis Prentice of the RedHawks, who last week set a MAC record with 376 rushing yards against Akron. Ohio counters with a ball control/option offense that leads the MAC in rushing.
The Marshall at WMU contest will be at Waldo Stadium, home to the top three single game attendance marks in league history, including the record setter of 36,102 on October 2 of this year in a game versus Central Michigan. A capacity crowd is expected for Saturday's game.
As for storylines in the Marshall-WMU game, they are endless:
* Both teams are undefeated in MAC play at 6-0.
* At 9-0, Marshall is one of five I-A teams in the nation without a loss.
* WMU has clinched a berth in the MAC championship game scheduled for Dec. 3 in Huntington, and Marshall can secure the East Division title with a win Saturday.
* Marshall has achieved its highest ranking in school history, #11 in this week's USA TODAY Coaches poll and #12 in the Associated Press poll. WMU is receiving votes in both polls.
* WMU's Tim Lester is the MAC all-time leader in passing yards (10,482) and total offense (10,275).
* Marshall quarterback and Heisman candidate Chad Pennington holds the MAC career record with 92 passing touchdowns, Lester is second with 82.
* Marshall's 13 wins in a row is the nation's longest current winning streak.
* Marshall head coach Bob Pruett and Western Michigan head coach Gary Darnell are close friends, having coached together at Wake Forest (1986-87). Both have also previously served as defensive coordinator at the University of Florida, Pruett from 1994-95 and Darnell 1988-89.