clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

2019 Mid-American Conference Football Schedules released

New, 1 comment

If you like rivalry games and Saturdays, you’ll love this MAC schedule.

mac football helmet

The Mid-American Conference released its 2019 football schedules on Wednesday morning, highlighting Saturday rivalry games, a fourteen-week cycle and its cooperation with the NCAA on the 150th anniversary of college football.

Commissioner John Steinbrecher said in a media conference call the schedule had been worked upon since “last October” and that the schedule was made in mind anticipating a 14 week set-up, a departure from years prior, where the MAC only had 13 weeks to fit in 12 games. This, Steinbrecher noted, “allows the mid-week cycle to flow seamlessly.”

Rivalries are a major emphasis in the MAC schedule, with four of the conference’s marquee matchups featured on Saturdays. The Wagon Wheel game between Akron and Kent State (Oct. 12), the Battle for the Victory Cannon between Central and Western Michigan (Sept. 28), and the Battle of I-75 between Toledo and Bowling Green (Oct. 12) are all guaranteed Saturday matchups, while the Redbird Rivalry between Miami and Ball State has a flexible date option for Friday/Saturday Nov. 29/30, depending on national television considerations.

The 96th Battle of the Bricks between Miami and Ohio will be played in Athens, Ohio, and be featured as part of the NCAA’s 150th Anniversary of College Football Celebration, with the game scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6, as the only football game to be played that evening. It will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

“We are extremely excited for the opportunity to celebrate 150 years of college football and to be the only conference playing on the actual anniversary date of November 6th,” Steinbrecher said via press release.“The MAC has such a rich history in college football and we have the opportunity to join our programs and great fans to celebrate this 2019 season.”

The MAC Championship Game, once again to be played at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, will be televised on Saturday, December 7. This move was necessitated by ESPN’s obligation to the PAC-12 Conference to air that conference’s championship game on Friday, per Steinbrecher.

As a result of the 14-week schedule, no MAC member will be forced to deal with a five-day turnabout, a common complaint amongst the fanbases. There will also be five guaranteed Saturday games in November, with one other potentially added mid-season. Steinbrecher stated the 14-week schedule offered the MAC the ability to be flexible when constructing the 2019 schedule, and allowed many of the institutions to keep their protected games.

Per Steinbrecher, 10 of the MAC’s 12 members were able to keep their primary protected game, with the other two programs able to keep a secondary date. Last season under the 13-week schedule, he explained, those numbers were four keeping their primary, four keeping their secondary, and four getting neither requested date.

The complete schedule can be found below in this interactive chart. TV channels and times will be updated in June 2019, with further updates expected before the start of the season.

Week BALL ST CMU EMU NIU TOLEDO WMU AKRON BGSU BUFFALO KENT ST MIAMI OHIO
8/29/2019 Th 1 4 .. Albany .. .. .. .. .. Morgan State Robert Morris at Arizona St. .. ..
8/31/2019 Sa 1 6 Indiana^ .. at C. Carolina Illinois St. at Kentucky Monmouth at Illinois .. .. .. at Iowa Rhode Island
9/7/2019 Sa 2 13 Fordham at Wisconsin at Kentucky at Utah .. at Michigan St. UAB at Kansas St. at Penn St. Kennesaw St. Tenn. Tech at Pitt
9/14/2019 Sa 3 20 Fla. Atlantic AKRON at Illinois at Nebraska Murray St. Georgia St. at CMU Louisana Tech at Liberty at Auburn at Cincinnati at Marshall
9/21/2019 Sa 4 27 at NC State at Miami-Fla C. Conn. St. .. at Colorado St. at Syracuse Troy at KENT ST Temple BGSU at Ohio St. La-Lafayette
9/28/2019 Sa 5 34 .. at WMU .. at Vanderbilt BYU CMU at UMass .. at MIAMI .. BUFFALO ..
10/5/2019 Sa 6 41 at NIU EMU at CMU BALL ST WMU at TOLEDO .. at Notre Dame OHIO at Wisconsin .. at BUFFALO
10/12/2019 Sa 7 48 at EMU N. Mexico St BALL ST at OHIO at BGSU MIAMI KENT ST TOLEDO .. at AKRON at WMU NIU
10/19/2019 Sa 8 55 TOLEDO at BGSU WMU at MIAMI at BALL ST at EMU BUFFALO CMU at AKRON at OHIO NIU KENT ST
10/26/2019 Sa 9 62 OHIO at BUFFALO at TOLEDO AKRON EMU BGSU at NIU at WMU CMU MIAMI at KENT ST at BALL ST
11/2/2019 Sa 10 69 .. NIU BUFFALO at CMU .. .. at BGSU AKRON at EMU .. .. ..
11/5/2019 Tu 11 at WMU KENT ST BALL ST at TOLEDO
11/6/2019 We 11 at OHIO MIAMI
11/7/2019 Th 11
11/9/2019 Sa 11 76 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
11/12/2019 Tu 12 at AKRON at OHIO EMU WMU
11/13/2019 We 12 at TOLEDO NIU at MIAMI BGSU
11/14/2019 Th 12 at KENT ST BUFFALO
11/16/2019 Sa 12 83 CMU at BALL ST .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
11/19/2019 Tu 13 at NIU EMU OHIO at BGSU
11/20/2019 We 13 at BUFFALO at Miami TOLEDO AKRON
11/21/2019 Th 13
11/23/2019 Sa 13 90 at KENT ST .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. BALL ST .. ..
11/26/2019 Tu 14 WMU at NIU OHIO at AKRON
11/29/2019 Fr 14 97 MIAMI TOLEDO KENT ST .. at CMU .. .. at BUFFALO BGSU at EMU at BALL ST ..

^ = denotes neutral field game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana