It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the MAC Championship game between Central Michigan Chippewas (8-4, 6-2 MAC) and the Miami RedHawks (7-5, 6-2 MAC) is set to kick off from Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan later today.
If you’re looking for a quick primer on where you can find the action, we’re ready to help you out right here, with plenty of viewing and listening options for you to peruse!
We’ve also inluded a handful of game notes at the end for you to get excited for the game to come and offer more context for the contest.
Television and streaming
The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2, with television coverage starting right on the dot at noon Eastern time. There are several ways to be able to watch the game, including:
- Cable/satellite: ESPN2 is available on most television packages; check your local listings or with your provider for more information.
- ESPN App: The game is available for streaming on the ESPN App, which is available for download on both the Google Play and Apple stores. A valid cable or satellite subscription is required for viewing.
- YouTube TV: YouTube TV has ESPN2 available in its default package. If you don’t have the service, YouTube is offering an extended three-week free trial until Sunday night. The service runs at $49.99/month.
- Sling TV: Sling offers ESPN channels as part of their Sling Orange package, offered for $25/month. If you sign up now, they offer the first month for 40 percent off ($15/month for the package.)
- Hulu: Hulu offers a live TV package, featuring ESPN’s family of channels, which currently runs at $44.99/month, a price which will change to $54.99/month on Dec. 18. They’re currently offering a seven-day free trial, which can be redeemed on the site.
- AT&T Now: AT&T Now offers a streaming package featuring the ESPN family of channels for $65/month. More details can be found here.
The game will be available for a listening audience via each program’s affiliated radio stations; there is no national radio broadcast for the MAC Championship game.
- Central Michigan-centric broadcast: The Chippewa Sports Radio Network uses WUPS-FM 98.5 (Harrison, Michigan) as its flagship station. A link to their online stream can be found here. Other affiliate stations around the state of Michigan can be found here. The commentary team is to be determined, following the unexpected passing of play-by-play announcer Don Chiodo on Wednesday.
- Miami-centric broadcast: The Miami Sports Network uses WMOH-AM 1450 (Hamilton, Ohio) as its flagship station. A link to their online stream can be found here. Other affiliate stations in Ohio and Indiana can be found here. The broadcast team consists of Steve Baker (play-by-play), Terry Bridge (color) and Randy Hollowell (sideline.)
- Where/when: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, at noon Eastern/11 a.m. Central. (No weather due to indoor stadium.)
- Last meeting: Miami defeated Central Michigan, 31-17, at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Sept. 2017.
- Last appearance in the title game: CMU (2009, W); Miami (2010, W)
- Record in title game appearances: CMU (3-0); Miami (2-2)
- Betting odds: CMU is a 6.5-point favorite, with an over/under of 54.5, per OddsShark.