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Initial 2020 MAC football conference schedules unveiled

The 75th anniversary of the MAC will be celebrated in style, with two neutral-site games and dedicated October rivalry weekends.

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The Mid-American Conference announced its 2020 football season on Wednesday afternoon, unveiling their conference matchups via press release.

The 2020-21 academic year will mark the 75th anniversary of the Mid-American Conference.

In their release, the conference hyped up “Saturdays in October,” using the middle two weekends as an unofficial “rivalry week,” with five of the conference’s marquee trophy games on the line. Akron/Kent State will kick off the promotion on Oct. 10, with the other four rivalries (including NIU/Ball State, Miami/Ohio, Toledo/BGSU and CMU/WMU) all kicking off at Oct. 17.

The conference will also have teams hosting neutral-site games for the first time since 2016 as part of the 2020 football calendar. Central Michigan and Western Michigan will play for the Victory Cannon at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on Oct. 17 as part of the “Saturdays in October” series, while NIU is set to play host to BYU at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeport, Illinois in a rekindling of the “Chi-Town Huskie Showdown” on Oct. 24.

The conference also announced every game will be streamed or televised once again for the upcoming season, and will announce dates, times and networks in “May or early June” for non-weeknight #MACtion games.

Speaking of weeknight MAC games, 14 of 17 games scheduled for November will be on a weeknight, with the remaining three games on Saturdays. Akron and Bowling Green will play in all three of the Saturday games (once playing each other), while EMU and WMU will also get at least one game on a weekend in November.

The 24th annual MAC Championship Game will take place at Ford Field on either Fri., Dec. 4 or Sat., Dec. 5, with a kickoff time to be announced later. This will be the 17th MACCG to be played at Ford Field.

We’ve collected every schedule and placed it on one table for you to browse below:

2020 Initial MAC Football Schedules

Week (Saturday Date) Akron Ball State Bowling Green Buffalo Central Michigan Eastern Michigan Kent State Miami (OH) Northern Illinois Ohio Toledo Western Michigan
Week (Saturday Date) Akron Ball State Bowling Green Buffalo Central Michigan Eastern Michigan Kent State Miami (OH) Northern Illinois Ohio Toledo Western Michigan
1 (September 5) Youngstown State (FCS) Maine (Thurs.) @ Ohio State @ Kansas State San Jose State @ Kentucky @ Penn State @ Pitt Rhode Island (FCS) NC Central (FCS) @ Tulsa Colgate (FCS) (Fri.)
2 (September 12) @ New Mexico State @ Michigan Robert Morris (FCS) St. Francis (FCS) @ Nebraska Coastal Carolina Kennesaw State (FCS) UAPB (FCS) @ Maryland @ Boston College San Diego State @ Cincinnati (Fri.)
3 (September 19) @ Clemson @ Indiana @ Illinois @ Ohio State @ Northwestern Northern Illinois @ Kentucky Cincinnati @ Eastern Michigan Marshall @ Michigan State @ Notre Dame
4 (September 26) Miami (OH) Wyoming Buffalo @ Bowling Green Bryant (FCS) @ Missouri @ Alabama @ Akron @ Iowa @ Texas State CCSU (FCS) Syracuse
5 (October 3) @ Buffalo Western Michigan Liberty Akron @ Eastern Michigan Central Michigan @ Northern Illinois Army Kent State @ Toledo Ohio @ Ball State
6 (October 10) @ Kent State @ Buffalo Miami (OH) Ball State @ Northern Illinois @ Ohio Akron @ Bowling Green Central Michigan Eastern Michigan @ Western Michigan Toledo
7 (October 17) UMass Northern Illinois @ Toledo Kent State Western Michigan (in Detroit) @ Army @ Buffalo Ohio @ Ball State @ Miami (OH) Bowling Green Central Michigan (in Detroit)
8 (October 24) @ Ball State Akron @ Ohio Army Miami Toledo Western Michigan @ Central Michigan BYU (in Bridgeport) Bowling Green @ Eastern Michigan @ Kent State
9 (October 31) Toledo @ Miami (OH) BYE BYE BYE @ Western Michigan BYE Ball State BYE BYE @ Akron Eastern Michigan
10 (November 7) BYE BYE Kent State (Thurs.) @ Northern Illinois (Wed.) Ohio (Wed.) BYE @ Bowling Green (Thurs.) BYE Buffalo (Wed.) @ Central Michigan (Thurs.) BYE BYE
11 (November 14) Bowling Green Eastern Michigan (Tues.) @ Akron Miami (Tues.) @ Toledo (Wed.) @ Ball State (Tues.) Ohio (Tues.) @ Buffalo (Tues.) @ Western Michigan (Tues.) @ Kent State (Wed.) Central Michigan (Wed.) Northern Illinois (Tues.)
12 (November 21) Western Michigan @ Central Michigan (Wed.) @ Eastern Michigan at Ohio (Wed.) Ball State (Wed.) Bowling Green @ Miami (Tues.) Kent State (Tues.) Toledo (Tues.) Buffalo (Wed.) @ Northern Illinois (Tues.) @ Akron
13 (November 28) @ Ohio (Friday) @ Toledo (Fri.) Northern Illinois (Fri.) at Western Michigan (Fri.) @ Kent State (Tues.) @ Miami (Fri.) @ Central Michigan (Tues.) Eastern Michigan (Fri.) @ Bowling Green (Fri.) Akron (Fri.) Ball State (Tues.) Buffalo (Fri.)
2020 Initial MAC Football Schedules Steve Helwick, James H. Jimenez, Dave Drury