2011 MAC Football Schedule Announced

Updated 2/28/2011


15 Regular-Season Games Will Be Televised On Multiple ESPN Platforms

For Immediate Release-Monday, February 28, 2011

Cleveland, Ohio - The Mid-American Conference announced its 2011 football schedule today with a minimum of 15 regular-season national television games on ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3 highlighting the conference schedule. 

The 2011 season will also once again feature a six-week, over-the-air syndication package in September and October produced and distributed by ESPN Regional Television. The six games, which can also be seen on ESPN Game Plan and ESPN3, will be announced in June.

The regular season will conclude with the 14th Marathon MAC Football Championship game on Friday, Dec. 2 at 8:00 pm ET at Ford Field in Detroit on ESPN2.  This will mark the eighth Marathon 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 in November when 13 mid-week league games will be televised by ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 as the conference race unfolds in both the East and West divisions.  Six games will air on ESPN2, eight games on ESPNU and one on ESPN3.

For the fourth 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, and SEC. In addition, the conference will also face independent Army, as well as Boise State from the Mountain West Conference. 

A total of 11 of the schools' non-conference games will feature an opponent from the Big Ten (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan (2), Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State (2), Penn State (2) and Wisconsin). The MAC will match up with a foe from the SEC (3-Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee), Big 12 (4-Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma), ACC (2-Maryland, North Carolina State), Big East (9-Cincinnati (2), Connecticut (2), Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse, West Virginia), Mountain West (2-Boise State, Wyoming), WAC (2-Idaho, New Mexico State), Sun Belt (2-Florida International, Louisiana-Lafayette) and Conference USA (1-Marshall).

MAC programs continue to increase the number of home or neutral site games against FBS Automatic Qualifying Conferences.  Ball State will host Indiana in a neutral site game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sept. 3, while Northern Illinois will host Wisconsin in a neutral site game at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sept. 17.  Also, Temple will host Penn State (Sept. 17), Buffalo will host Connecticut (Sept. 24) and Miami will host Cincinnati (Oct. 1).

In addition, Toledo will host Boise State (Sept. 17) and independent Army will visit four MAC programs-at Northern Illinois (Sept. 3), at Ball State (Sept. 24), at Miami (Oct. 8) and at Temple (Nov. 19).


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 - Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. -- 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).  Temple University (2007) competes in the East Division in football only.

The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.


2011 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).

Sep. 1 - Thursday

Bowling Green at Idaho

New Hampshire at Toledo

South Carolina State at Central Michigan

Villanova at Temple

Sep. 3 - Saturday

Akron at Ohio State

Buffalo at Pittsburgh

Kent State at Alabama

Miami at Missouri

Ohio at New Mexico State

Indiana at Ball State (at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.)

Howard at Eastern Michigan

Army at Northern Illinois

Western Michigan at Michigan

Sep. 10 - Saturday

*Temple at Akron

Morgan State at Bowling Green

Stony Brook at Buffalo

Louisiana-Lafayette at Kent State

Gardner-Webb at Ohio

Ball State at South Florida

Central Michigan at Kentucky

Alabama State at Eastern Michigan

Northern Illinois at Kansas

Toledo at Ohio State

Nicholls State at Western Michigan

Sep. 17 - Saturday

Boise State at Toledo

Akron at Cincinnati

Wyoming at Bowling Green

*Buffalo at Ball State

Kent State at Kansas State

Miami at Minnesota

Marshall at Ohio

Penn State at Temple

*Central Michigan at Western Michigan

Eastern Michigan at Michigan

Wisconsin at Northern Illinois (at Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.)

Sep. 24 - Saturday

Virginia Military Institute at Akron

*Bowling Green at Miami

Connecticut at Buffalo

South Alabama at Kent State

Ohio at Rutgers

Temple at Maryland

Army at Ball State

Central Michigan at Michigan State

Eastern Michigan at Penn State

Cal Poly at Northern Illinois

Toledo at Syracuse

Western Michigan at Illinois

Oct. 1 - Saturday

*Akron at Eastern Michigan

Bowling Green at West Virginia

Buffalo at Tennessee

*Kent State at Ohio

Cincinnati at Miami

*Toledo at Temple

Ball State at Oklahoma

*Northern Illinois at Central Michigan

Western Michigan at Connecticut

Oct. 8 - Saturday

Florida International at Akron

*Bowling Green at Western Michigan

*Ohio at Buffalo

*Kent State at Northern Illinois

Army at Miami

*Temple at Ball State

Central Michigan at North Carolina State

*Eastern Michigan at Toledo

Oct. 15 - Saturday

*Toledo at Bowling Green

*Buffalo at Temple

*Miami at Kent State

*Ball State at Ohio

*Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan

*Western Michigan at Northern Illinois

Oct. 22 - Saturday

*Ohio at Akron

*Temple at Bowling Green

*Northern Illinois at Buffalo

*Miami at Toledo

*Central Michigan at Ball State

*Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan

Oct. 29 - Saturday

*Central Michigan at Akron

*Bowling Green at Kent State

*Buffalo at Miami

*Ball State at Western Michigan

Nov. 1 - Tuesday

*Northern Illinois at Toledo, 7:00 pm (ESPN2)

Nov. 2 - Wednesday

*Temple at Ohio, 8:00 pm (ESPN2)

Nov. 3 - Thursday

*Akron at Miami, 7:30 pm (ESPNU)

Nov. 4 - Friday

*Central Michigan at Kent State, TBD (ESPNU)

Nov. 5 - Saturday

*Ball State at Eastern Michigan

Nov. 8 - Tuesday

#*Northern Illinois at Bowling Green, 8:00 pm (ESPN2/ESPNU)

#*Western Michigan at Toledo, 8:00 pm (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 9 - Wednesday

*Miami at Temple, 8:00 pm (ESPN2)

Nov. 10 - Thursday

*Ohio at Central Michigan, 7:30 pm (ESPNU)

Nov. 12 - Saturday

*Buffalo at Eastern Michigan

*Kent State at Akron

Nov. 15 - Tuesday

*Ball State at Northern Illinois, 8:00 pm (ESPNU)

Nov. 16 - Wednesday

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

#*Western Michigan at Miami, 8:00 pm (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 18 - Friday

*Toledo at Central Michigan, TBD (ESPNU)

Nov. 19 - Saturday

*Eastern Michigan at Kent State

*Akron at Buffalo

Army at Temple

Nov. 22 - Tuesday

*Miami at Ohio, 7:00 pm (ESPN2)

Nov. 25 - Friday

#*Toledo at Ball State, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)

#*Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)

#*Akron at Western Michigan, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)

#*Bowling Green at Buffalo, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)

#*Kent State at Temple, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)


Dec. 2 - Friday

Marathon MAC Championship Game, 8:00 pm (ESPN2)

At Ford Field in Detroit


MAC Bowl Agreements:

Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl (vs. Big Ten), Date TBD

GoDaddy.com Bowl (vs. Sun Belt), Date TBD

uDrove Humanitarian Bowl (vs. WAC), Date TBD

New Mexico Bowl (MAC secondary), Date TBD

BBVA Compass Bowl (MAC secondary), Date TBD


2011 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).





3              at Ohio State

10           *Temple

17           at Cincinnati

24           Virginia Military Institute


1              *at Eastern Michigan

8              Florida International

22           *Ohio

29           *Central Michigan


3              *at Miami, 7:30 pm (ESPNU)

12           *Kent State

19           *at Buffalo

25           #*at Western Michigan, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)


Bowling Green


1              at Idaho

10           Morgan State

17           Wyoming

24           *at Miami


1              at West Virginia

8              *at Western Michigan

15           *Toledo

22           *Temple

29           *at Kent State


8              #*Northern Illinois, 8:00 pm (ESPN2/ESPNU)

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

25           #*at Buffalo, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)




3              at Pittsburgh

10           Stony Brook

17           *at Ball State

24           Connecticut


1              at Tennessee

8              *Ohio

15           *at Temple

22           *Northern Illinois

29           *at Miami


12           *at Eastern Michigan

19           *Akron

25           #*Bowling Green, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)


Kent State


3              at Alabama

10           Louisiana-Lafayette

17           at Kansas State

24           South Alabama


1              *at Ohio

8              *at Northern Illinois

15           *Miami

29           *Bowling Green


4              *Central Michigan, TBD (ESPNU)

12           *at Akron

19           *Eastern Michigan

25           #*at Temple, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)




3              at Missouri

17           at Minnesota

24           *Bowling Green


1              Cincinnati

8              Army

15           *at Kent State

22           *at Toledo

29           *Buffalo


3              *Akron, 7:30 pm (ESPNU)

9              *at Temple, 8:00 pm (ESPN2)

16           #*Western Michigan, 8:00 pm (ESPN2/ESPNU)

22           *at Ohio, 7:00 pm (ESPN2)




3              at New Mexico State

10           Gardner-Webb

17           Marshall

24           at Rutgers


1              *Kent State

8              *at Buffalo

15           *Ball State

22           *at Akron


2              *Temple, 8:00 pm (ESPN2)

10           *at Central Michigan, 7:30 pm (ESPNU)

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

22           *Miami, 7:00 pm (ESPN2)




1              Villanova

10           *at Akron

17           Penn State

24           at Maryland


1              *Toledo

8              *at Ball State

15           *Buffalo

22           *at Bowling Green


2              *at Ohio, 8:00 pm (ESPN2)

9              *Miami, 8:00 pm (ESPN2)

19           Army

25           #*Kent State, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)



Ball State


3              Indiana (at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.)

10           at South Florida

17           *Buffalo

24           Army


1              at Oklahoma

8              *Temple

15           *at Ohio

22           *Central Michigan

29           *at Western Michigan


5              *at Eastern Michigan

15           *at Northern Illinois, 8:00 pm (ESPNU)

25           #*Toledo, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)


Central Michigan


1              South Carolina State

10           at Kentucky         

17           *at Western Michigan

24           at Michigan State


1              *Northern Illinois

8              at North Carolina State

15           *Eastern Michigan             

22           *at Ball State      

29           *at Akron


4              *at Kent State, TBD (ESPNU)

10           *Ohio, 7:30 pm (ESPNU)

18           *Toledo, TBD (ESPNU)


Eastern Michigan


3              Howard

10           Alabama State

17           at Michigan

24           at Penn State


1              *Akron

8              *at Toledo

15           *at Central Michigan

22           *Western Michigan


5              *Ball State

12           *Buffalo

19           *at Kent State

25           #*at Northern Illinois, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)


Northern Illinois


3              Army

10           at Kansas

17           Wisconsin (at Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.)

24           Cal Poly


1              *at Central Michigan

8              *Kent State

15           *Western Michigan

22           *at Buffalo


1              *at Toledo, 7:00 pm (ESPN2)

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

15           *Ball State, 8:00 pm (ESPNU)

25           #*Eastern Michigan, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)




1              New Hampshire

10           at Ohio State

17           Boise State

24           at Syracuse


1              *at Temple

8              *Eastern Michigan

15           *at Bowling Green

22           *Miami


1              *Northern Illinois, 7:00 pm (ESPN2)

8              #*Western Michigan, 8:00 pm (ESPN2/ESPNU)

18           *at Central Michigan, TBD (ESPNU)

25           #*at Ball State, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)


Western Michigan


3              at Michigan

10           Nicholls State

17           *Central Michigan

24           at Illinois


1              at Connecticut

8              *Bowling Green

15           *at Northern Illinois

22           *at Eastern Michigan

29           *Ball State


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

16           #*at Miami, 8:00 pm (ESPN2/ESPNU)

25           #*Akron, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3.com)