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Saturday MACtion Open Thread: Welcome back football

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It’s been a long time since we had a normal Saturday. Sure, Thursday and Friday saw a small morsel of college football, but today is the day. Today’s the return of all the things we’ve come to know and love and dedicate our Saturdays to. Fans, bands, big hits, pageantry, Desmond Howard’s giant tie knot, Nick Saban looking directly in the camera during interviews, all the things that make this sport what it is.

There’s seven MACtion games on tap for today, ranging from home games against FCS squads to a thousand mile road trip to take on a Top 5 squad. There’s something for everyone today in the Mid-American Conference and beyond.

To go along with that, your friends here at the Belt will be chatting it up with you in the comment section as the day goes on. You should join us. It’s a hoot and a half.

Your Saturday schedule. . .

Saturday Schedule

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Kent State at #5 Clemson Noon ESPN
Akron at #6 Penn State Noon ABC
Maryland at #23 Texas Noon FS1
Ball State at Illinois Noon BTN
Wyoming at Iowa Noon BTN
Bowling Green at Michigan State Noon ESPNU
Missouri State at Missouri Noon SEC Network
California at North Carolina 12:20 PM None
Bethune-Cookman at #18 Miami 12:30 PM None
Youngstown State at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM None
Portland State at Oregon State 2:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
VMI at Air Force 2:00 PM None
NC State vs. South Carolina (Charlotte, NC) 3:00 PM ESPN
UTEP at #7 Oklahoma 3:30 PM FOX
#11 Michigan vs. #17 Florida (Arlington, TX) 3:30 PM ABC
Temple at Notre Dame 3:30 PM NBC
Nevada at Northwestern 3:30 PM BTN
William & Mary at Virginia 3:30 PM None
Alabama A&M at UAB 3:30 PM None None
Troy at Boise State 3:45 PM ESPNU
Stony Brook at #19 South Florida 4:00 PM None
Eastern Washington at Texas Tech 4:00 PM None None
Kentucky at Southern Mississippi 4:00 PM CBSSN
Charleston Southern at Mississippi State 4:00 PM SEC Network
Western Michigan at #4 USC 5:15 PM Pac-12 Networks
North Carolina Central at Duke 6:00 PM None
James Madison at East Carolina 6:00 PM None
Albany at Old Dominion 6:00 PM None
Appalachian State at #15 Georgia 6:15 PM ESPN
Miami (OH) at Marshall 6:30 PM None None
Lamar at North Texas 7:00 PM None
Eastern Kentucky at Western Kentucky 7:00 PM None None
Northwestern State at Louisiana Tech 7:00 PM None
Stephen F. Austin at SMU 7:00 PM None
UMass at Coastal Carolina 7:00 PM None
Liberty at Baylor 7:00 PM FS2
Southeast Missouri State at Kansas 7:00 PM None
Hampton at Ohio 7:00 PM None
Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana 7:00 PM None
Houston Baptist at Texas State 7:00 PM None
Central Arkansas at #20 Kansas State 7:10 PM None
Georgia Southern at #12 Auburn 7:30 PM SEC Network
#16 Louisville vs. Purdue (Indianapolis, IN) 7:30 PM FOX
South Alabama at Ole Miss 7:30 PM ESPNU
Cal Poly at San José State 7:30 PM None None
#3 Florida State vs. #1 Alabama (Atlanta, GA) 8:00 PM ABC
Abilene Christian at New Mexico 8:00 PM None None
Arkansas State at Nebraska 8:00 PM BTN
Jackson State at TCU 8:00 PM FOX
Northern Iowa at Iowa State 8:00 PM None None
Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee 8:00 PM CBSSN
Grambling at Tulane 8:00 PM None
Southern Utah at Oregon 8:15 PM Pac-12 Networks
UC Davis at San Diego State 8:30 PM None None
Howard at UNLV 9:00 PM None None
BYU vs. #13 LSU (New Orleans, LA) 9:30 PM ESPN
Incarnate Word at Fresno State 10:00 PM None None
Montana State at #24 Washington State 10:30 PM FS1
Northern Arizona at Arizona 11:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Western Carolina at Hawai'i 11:59 PM None None

Comment section, folks. Make your predictions and look like a genius then join us as the Saturday gets underway. Welcome back football and welcome back Belters.