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2017 Mid-American Conference football schedules released

Be prepared for lots and lots of weeknight conference #MACtion.

Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan Football - In Pictures

The Mid-American Conference has released the official times, dates and TV blocks for the 2017 football season, and it features a lot of interesting late-season match-ups that could have divisional hopes on the line.

Perhaps the most interesting thing that pops out immediately is that after October, there are zero (yes, zero) weekend games for MAC teams, ensuring the conference teams fight for their respective titles on weeknight national TV.

A few other interesting notes emerge as you look through the list:

  • The Battle for the Victory Cannon between CMU and WMU moves back to November this year after being played in October in 2016.
  • Miami at CMU and Ohio at EMU will kick off the conference slate on Sat., Sept. 23, so no Week 1 or 2 #MACtion this season.
  • NIU, Toledo and WMU will all play on Black Friday this season. Toledo and WMU will face off on Black Friday for the third year in a row, while NIU will play for the second year in a row after facing Kent State last season.
  • There are no neutral site conference games this season. Last year, NIU and Toledo played a conference in Chicago.
  • All but one conference game (Buffalo vs. Akron on Sat., Oct. 28) will be nationally-televised one of ESPN’s various networks or on CBS Sports Network.

Time and television is yet to be determined for the 2017 MAC Championship Game in Detroit.

Here’s every team’s schedule in alphabetical order:

Akron Zips

Sept. 2 at Penn State

9 Arkansas-Pine Bluff

16 Iowa State

23 at Troy

30 *at Bowling Green

Oct. 7 *Ball State

14 *at Western Michigan

21 *at Toledo

28 *Buffalo

Nov. 7 *at Miami (ESPN2/ESPNU)

14 *Ohio (ESPN2/ESPNU)

21 *Kent State (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Ball State Cardinals

Sep. 2 at Illinois


16 Tennessee Tech

23 at Western Kentucky

30 *at Western Michigan

Oct. 7 *at Akron

21 *Central Michigan

26 *Toledo (CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Nov.2 *at Eastern Michigan (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

9 *at NIU (CBS Sports Network)

16 *Buffalo (CBS Sports Network)

21 *Miami (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Bowling Green Falcons

Sep. 2 at Michigan State

9 South Dakota

16 at Northwestern

23 at Middle Tennessee

30 *Akron

Oct. 7 *at Miami

14 *Ohio

21 *NIU

31 *at Kent State (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 7 *at Buffalo (ESPN2/ESPNU)

15 *Toledo (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

21 *at Eastern Michigan (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Buffalo Bulls

Aug. 31 at Minnesota

Sep. 9 at Army

16 Colgate

23 Florida Atlantic

30 *at Kent State

Oct. 7 *Western Michigan

14 *NIU

21 *at Miami

28 *at Akron

Nov. 7 *Bowling Green (ESPN2/ESPNU)

16 *at Ball State (CBS Sports Network)

24 *Ohio (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Central Michigan Chippewas

Aug. 31 Rhode Island

Sept. 9 at Kansas

16 at Syracuse

23 *Miami

30 at Boston College

Oct. 7 *at Ohio

14 *Toledo

21 *at Ball State

Nov. 1 *at Western Michigan (ESPN2)

8 *Eastern Michigan (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

14 *at Kent State (ESPN2/ESPNU)

24 *NIU (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Eastern Michigan Eagles

Sep. 1 Charlotte

9 at Rutgers

23 *Ohio

30 at Kentucky

Oct.7 *at Toledo

14 at Army

21 *Western Michigan

26 *at NIU (CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Nov. 2 *Ball State (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

8 *at Central Michigan (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

15 *at Miami (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

21 *Bowling Green (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Kent State Golden Flashes

Sept. 2 at Clemson

9 Howard

16 at Marshall

23 at Louisville

30 *Buffalo

Oct. 7 *at NIU

14 *Miami

21 *at Ohio

31 *Bowling Green (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov.8 *at Western Michigan (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

14 *Central Michigan (ESPN2/ESPNU)

21 *at Akron (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Miami University RedHawks

Sep.2 at Marshall

9 Austin Peay

16 Cincinnati

23 *at Central Michigan

30 at Notre Dame

Oct. 7 *Bowling Green

14 *at Kent State

21 *Buffalo

31 *at Ohio (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 7 *Akron (ESPN2/ESPNU)

15 *Eastern Michigan (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

21 *at Ball State (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Northern Illinois Huskies

Sept. 1 Boston College (CBS Sports Network)

9 Eastern Illinois

16 at Nebraska

30 at San Diego State

Oct. 7 *Kent State

14 *at Buffalo

21 *at Bowling Green

26 *Eastern Michigan (CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Nov. 2 *at Toledo (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

9 *Ball State (CBS Sports Network)

15 *Western Michigan (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

24 *at Central Michigan (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Ohio University Bobcats

Sept. 2 Hampton

8 at Purdue

16 Kansas

23 *at Eastern Michigan

30 at UMass

Oct. 7 *Central Michigan

14 *at Bowling Green

21 *Kent State

31 *Miami (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 8 *Toledo (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

14 *at Akron (ESPN2/ESPNU)

24 *at Buffalo (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Toledo Rockets

Aug. 31 Elon

Sept. 9 at Nevada

16 Tulsa

23 at Miami (Fla.)

Oct.7 *Eastern Michigan

14 *at Central Michigan

21 *Akron

26 *at Ball State (CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Nov. 2 *NIU (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

8 *at Ohio (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

15 *at Bowling Green (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

24 *Western Michigan (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)

Western Michigan Broncos

Sept. 2 at USC

9 at Michigan State

16 Idaho

23 Wagner

30 *Ball State

Oct. 7 *at Buffalo

14 *Akron

21 *at Eastern Michigan

Nov. 1 *Central Michigan (ESPN2)

8 *Kent State (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

15 *at NIU (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBS Sports Network)

24 *at Toledo (ESPNU/CBS Sports Network/ESPN3)