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CLEVELAND, Ohio --
All thirteen Mid-American Conference football teams will be featured in the national spotlight as the 2013 college football season kicks off this weekend.
Fans can watch four MAC teams open their season Thursday night on an ESPN platform. Action starts at 6:00 pm ET as the 2012 MAC East Division Champion Kent State plays host to Liberty on ESPN3. At 7:00 pm ET, Ball State will square off against Illinois State in Muncie, while Akron heads south to face the University of Central Florida on ESPN3. The last game will be featured on ESPNU, as Tulsa travels to Bowling Green to battle the Falcons at 7:00 pm ET.
Friday night will highlight a primetime in-state matchup as Western Michigan takes on Michigan State at 8:00 pm ET on the Big Ten Network.
Saturday will feature six televised MAC games. Starting at 12:00 pm ET, Buffalo will square off against No. 2 Ohio State on ESPN2, while UMass heads to Madison to face No. 23 Wisconsin on the Big Ten Network. Toledo will kick off at 12:21, as the Rockets travel to SEC territory to play No. 10 Florida on the SEC Network/ESPN3. At 3:30 pm, Central Michigan will open their season against No. 17 Michigan, while defending MAC Champion Northern Illinois takes on Iowa on the Big Ten Network. At 6:00 pm, Eastern Michigan will play host to Howard on ESPN3. The last game of the day will feature Miami as the Redhawks face Marshall at 7:00 pm on CBS Sports Network.
Rounding out the weekend of television, MAC football fans can tune in Sunday to watch Ohio University take on No. 9 Louisville at 3:30 pm ET on ESPN.
TV Schedule – All times ET
Thursday, August 29
Liberty @ Kent, 6:00 pm (ESPN3)
Illinois State @ Ball State, 7:00 pm (ESPN3)
Akron @ Central Florida, 7:00 pm (ESPN3)
Tulsa @ Bowling Green, 7:00 pm (ESPNU)
Friday, August 30
Western Michigan @ Michigan State, 8:00 pm (Big Ten Network)
Saturday, August 31
Buffalo @ Ohio State, 12:00 pm (ESPN2)
UMass @ Wisconsin, 12:00 pm (Big Ten Network)
Toledo @ Florida, 12:21 pm (SEC Network/ESPN3)
Northern Illinois @ Iowa, 3:30 pm (Big Ten Network)
Central Michigan @ Michigan, 3:30 pm (Big Ten Network)
Howard @ Eastern Michigan, 6:00 pm (ESPN3)
Miami @ Marshall, 7:00 pm (CBS Sports Network)
Sunday, September 1
Ohio @ Louisville, 3:30 pm (ESPN)