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16 midweek games, and they'll all be nationally televised. The MAC will also play against the defending national champions Ohio State twice.

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This afternoon, the MAC teams released the dates for their respective schedules for the upcoming football season.

Marshall, Memphis, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin all finished in the AP Top 25 to end their seasons last year and will be playing against against some of our MAC teams this year. Defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes will play host to both Northern Illinois Huskies and Western Michigan Broncos.

The 19th Marathon MAC Football Championship game will be played on Friday, December 4 at Ford Field in Detroit for the 12th time. This game can be seen on ESPN2. Nine schools from the Big Ten (Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin) will play against MAC-affiliated schools. The MAC will also play against four schools from the SEC (Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee, Texas A&M), three from the ACC (Boston College, Pittsburgh, Syracuse), Colorado from the Pac-12 and Independent Notre Dame.

Akron Ball State BGSU Buffalo CMU EMU Kent St UMass Miami NIU Ohio Toledo WMU
Week 1 (9/5) @ Oklahoma (7 pm, FOX PPV) vs. VMI (9/3, 7 pm, ESPN3) @ Tennessee (4 pm, SEC Network) vs. Albany (3:30 pm, ESPN3) vs. Oklahoma State (9/3, 7 pm, ESPNU) vs. Old Dominion (3 pm, ESPN3) @ Illinois (9/4, 9 pm, BTN) BYE vs. Presbyterian (3:30 pm, ESPN3)

vs. UNLV (7:30 pm, CBSSN)

@ Idaho (9/3, 9 PM, ESPN3) vs. Stony Brook (9/3, 7 pm, ESPN3) vs. Michigan State (9/4, 7 pm, ESPNU)
Week 2 (9/12) vs. Pittsburgh (6 pm, ESPN3) @ Texas A & M (7 pm, ESPNU) @ Maryland (12 pm, BTN) @ Penn State (12 pm, ESPN2/ESPNU) vs. Monmouth (3 pm, ESPN3) @ Wyoming (4pm, ROOT Sports) vs. Delaware State (6 pm, ESPN3) @ Colorado (2 pm, Pac-12 Networks) @ Wisconsin (12 pm, ESPN2/ESPNU) vs. Murray State (3:30 pm, ESPN3) vs. Marshall (7 pm, ESPN3) @ Arkansas (4 pm) @ Georgia Southern (6 pm, ESPN3)
Week 3 (9/19) vs. Savannah State (12 pm or 2 pm, ESPN3) @ EMU (3 pm, ESPN3) vs. Memphis (3 pm, ESPN3) @ FAU (12 pm, American Sports Network) @ Syracuse (12:30 pm, ACC RSN) vs. Ball State (3 pm, ESPN3) @ Minnesota (12 pm, BTN) vs. Temple (3 pm, ESPN3) vs. Cincinnati (3:30 pm, ESPN3) @ Ohio State (3:30 pm, ABC/ESPN2) vs. Southeast Louisiana (2 pm, ESPN3) vs. Iowa State (8 pm, ESPNews) vs. Murray State (7 pm, ESPN3)
Week 4 (9/26) @ UL-Lafayette @ Northwestern (8 pm, BTN) @ Purdue vs. Nevada @ Michigan State vs. Army vs. Marshall @ Notre Dame (3:30 pm, NBC) @ Western Kentucky (3:30 pm, CBSSN) @ Boston College @ Minnesota (3:30 pm) vs. Arkansas State @ Ohio State
Week 5 (10/3) vs. Ohio (2 pm, TV TBA) vs. Toledo (3 pm, TV TBA) @ Buffalo (3:30 pm, TV TBA) vs. BGSU (3:30 pm, TV TBA) vs. NIU (3 pm, TV TBA) @ LSU vs. Miami (3:30 pm, TV TBA) vs. FIU @ Kent State (3:30 pm, TV TBA) @ CMU (3 pm, TV TBA) @ Akron (2 pm, TV TBA) @ Ball State (3 pm, TV TBA) BYE
Week 6 (10/10) @ EMU (3 pm, TV TBA) @ NIU vs. UMass BYE @ WMU vs. Akron (3 pm, TV TBA) @ Toledo (3 pm, TV TBA) @ BGSU @ Ohio (2 pm, TV TBA) vs. Ball State vs. Miami (2 pm, TV TBA) vs. Kent State (3 pm, TV TBA) vs. CMU
Week 7 (10/17) @ BGSU (3 pm, TV TBA) vs. Georgia State vs. Akron (3 pm, TV TBA) @ CMU vs. Buffalo @ Toledo @ UMass (3:30 pm, TV TBA) vs. Kent State (3:30 pm, TV TBA) vs. NIU (2:30 pm, TV TBA) @ Miami (2:30 pm, TV TBA) vs. WMU vs. EMU @ Ohio
Week 8 (10/24) BYE vs. CMU @ Kent State vs. Ohio @ Ball State @ NIU (3:30 pm, TV TBA) vs. BGSU vs. Toledo @ WMU (2 pm, TV TBA) vs. EMU (3:30 pm, TV TBA) @ Buffalo @ UMass vs. Miami (2 pm, TV TBA)
Week 9 (10/31) vs. CMU vs. UMass BYE @ Miami (10/29, 7:30 pm, CBSSN or ESPN3) @ Akron vs. WMU (10/29, 7:30 pm, CBSSN or ESPN3) BYE @ Ball State vs. Buffalo (10/29, 7:30 pm, CBSSN or ESPN3) BYE BYE BYE @ EMU (10/29, 7:30 pm, CBSSN or ESPN3)
Week 10 (11/7) @ UMass @ WMU (11/5, 7:30 pm, CBSSN or ESPN3) vs. Ohio (11/4, 8 pm, ESPN2) @ Kent State (11/5, 7:30 pm, CBSSN or ESPN3) BYE @ Miami vs. Buffalo (11/5, 7:30 pm, CBSSN or ESPN3) vs. Akron vs. EMU @ Toledo (11/3, 8 pm, ESPN2) @ BGSU (11/4, 8 PM, ESPN2) vs. NIU (11/3, 8 pm, ESPN2) vs. Ball State (11/5, 7:30 pm, CBSSN or ESPN3)
Week 11 (11/14) @ Miami BYE @ WMU (11/11, 8 pm, ESPN2 or ESPNU) vs. NIU (11/11, 8 pm, ESPN2 or ESPNU) vs Toledo (11/10, 8 PM, ESPN2 or ESPNU) vs. UMass @ Ohio (11/10, 8 PM, ESPN2 or ESPNU) @ EMU vs. Akron @ Buffalo (11/11, 8 pm, ESPN2 or ESPNU) vs. Kent State (11/10, 8 PM, ESPN2 or ESPNU) @ CMU (11/10, 8 PM, ESPN2 or ESPNU) vs. BGSU (11/11, 8 pm, ESPN2 or ESPNU)
Week 12 (11/21) vs. Buffalo @ Ohio (11/17, TBA, ESPN 2 or ESPNU) vs. Toledo (11/17, TBA, ESPN 2 or ESPNU) @ Akron @ Kent State (11/18, 8 PM, ESPN2 or ESPNU) BYE vs. CMU (11/18, 8 PM, ESPN2 or ESPNU) vs. Miami @ UMass vs. WMU (11/18, 8 PM, ESPN2 or ESPNU) vs. Ball State (11/17, TBA, ESPN 2 or ESPNU) @ BGSU (11/17, TBA, ESPN 2 or ESPNU) @ NIU (11/18, 8 PM, ESPN2 or ESPNU)
Week 13 (11/27) vs. Kent State vs. BGSU (11/24, 7:30 pm, ESPNU or ESPN3) @ Ball State (11/24, 7:30 pm, ESPNU or ESPN3) vs. UMass vs. EMU @ CMU @ Akron @ Buffalo BYE vs. Ohio (11/24, 7:30 pm, ESPNU or ESPN3) @ NIU (11/24, 7:30 pm, ESPNU or ESPN3) vs. WMU @ Toledo

RIVALRY GAMES:

Anniversary Award (BGSU, Kent State): October 24

Battle for the Bell (Miami, Cincinnati): September 19

Battle for the Bell (Ohio, Marshall): September 12

Battle for the Bronze Stalk (Ball State, NIU): October 10

Battle for the Cannon (WMU vs. CMU): October 10

Battle of the Bricks (Miami, Ohio): October 10

Battle of I-75 (BGSU, Toledo): November 17

Michigan MAC series (CMU, EMU, WMU): October 10 (WMU vs. CMU), October 29 (EMU vs. WMU) November 27 (CMU vs. EMU)

Toledo vs. Northern Illinois: November 3

Wagon Wheel Rivalry (Akron, Kent State): November 27

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE GAMES TOO:

Central Michigan vs. Oklahoma State: September 3

Western Michigan vs. Michigan State: September 4

Bowling Green @ Tennessee: September 5

Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion: September 5

Northern Illinois vs. UNLV: September 5

Akron vs. Pittsburgh: September 12

Bowling Green @ Maryland: September 12

Buffalo @ Penn State: September 12

Toledo @ Arkansas: September 12

Eastern Michigan vs. Ball State: September 19

UMass vs. Temple: September 19

Northern Illinois @ Ohio State: September 19

Toledo vs. Arkansas State: September 19

Central Michigan @ Michigan State: September 26

Western Michigan @ Ohio State: September 26

Akron vs. Ohio: October 3

Eastern Michigan @ LSU: October 3

Ball State vs. Georgia State: October 17

Western Michigan vs. Miami: October 24

Miami vs. Buffalo: October 31

Buffalo vs. Northern Illinois: November 11

Western Michigan vs. Bowling Green: November 11

UMass vs. Miami: November 21

Buffalo vs. UMass: November 27

UPDATE (6/10/15): Times, TV have been added to games. All times EST.