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2023 MAC Football Championship Game TV/Streaming Primer: Toledo Rockets vs. Miami RedHawks

Two Ohio squads meet up in Detroit to determine who will take the MAC crown.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 03 MAC Championship - Toledo vs Ohio Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

This is it: the big dance.

The MAC’s only two 10+ win teams are set to take the stage in the Motor City, as the MAC West champion Toledo Rockets (11-1, 8-0 MAC) are set to take on the MAC East champion Miami RedHawks (10-2, 7-1 MAC.)

Toledo is looking to become the first team since Northern Illinois (2011-2012) to win back-to-back MAC title games, and further state their case for a spot in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Rockets rank #23 in the Associated Press Top 25, but a win here and key losses by Tulane and Liberty could help advance Toledo into the coveted “best Group of Five team” role.

Miami, meanwhile, hopes to play the role of the spoiler. They’ve had a great regular season campaign of their own, persevering through an injury to entrenched starter Brett Gabbert (coincidentally vs. Toledo in their only league loss) to finish the MAC slate 4-0. Head coach Chuck Martin could become the seventh coach in league history to win multiple conference titles should his side win, becoming the first coach to do so since his counterpart Jason Candle (2017, 2022.)

This game promises to be a strength-on-strength battle which should be a nice cap to the 2023 conference campaign.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch, stream, listen and stay informed regarding the game:


Game Info:

  • Where: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2022 at noon p.m. EST
  • Weather: Ford Field, an indoor facility, will not be affected by weather.
  • Odds: Toledo opens as an eight-point favorite, with an over/under of 46.5 points, per DraftKings.

How to watch/stream/listen:

  • TV options: The game is to be televised on ESPN. A valid cable subscription is required. The broadcast team will include Anish Schroff (play-by-play), Andre Ware (color) and Paul Carcaterra (sideline).
  • Streaming options: The game will be streamed exclusively on the ESPN App. A valid cable subscription is required for access.
  • Toledo radio perspective: Brett Balbinot (play-by-play) and Bruce Gradkowski (color) will provide the Toledo call for the Rockets Radio Network.
  • Miami radio perspective: Steve Baker (play-by-play) and Terry Bridge (color) will provide the Miami call for WMOH-AM 1450.
  • Live stats presentation: The MAC will be keeping up a live stats page for the title game, courtesy of Sidearm Sports. The page will go live at kickoff.
  • Toledo Game Notes: Toledo’s depth charts and 2023 season information can be found here.
  • Miami Game Notes: Miami’s depth charts and 2023 season information can be found here.