2020 MAC football schedule announced

By Kevin Kelley -

The 2020 MAC Football Schedule has been officially announced. Conference play begins on Saturday, Sept. 19 with NIU at Eastern Michigan.

Featured non-conference games for each MAC team in 2020 include Akron at Clemson, Ball State at Michigan, Bowling Green at Ohio State, Buffalo at Ohio State, Central Michigan at Nebraska, Eastern Michigan at Kentucky, Ken State at Penn t State, Army at Miami (Ohio), NIU at Iowa, Ohio at Boston College, Toledo at Michigan State, and Western Michigan at Notre Dame.

The regular season concludes with the Marathon MAC Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich., on either Friday, Dec. 4 or Saturday, Dec. 5.

The MAC will release an updated schedule in late May or early June with kick times and television for the first three weeks of the regular season.  All remaining game kick times and television will be announced 12 days prior to the scheduled game.

2020 MAC Football Schedules

East Division

West Division

2020 MAC Football Schedule (Composite)
* All times listed ET.

Thursday, Sept. 3
Maine at Ball State

Friday, Sept. 4
Colgate at Western Michigan

Saturday, Sept. 5
Bowling Green at Ohio State
Buffalo at Kansas State
Eastern Michigan at Kentucky
Kent State at Penn State
Miami at Pitt
NC Central at Ohio
Rhode Island at NIU
San Jose State at Central Michigan
Toledo at Tulsa
Youngstown State at Akron

Friday, Sep. 11
Western Michigan at Cincinnati (ESPN network)

Saturday, Sep. 12
Akron at New Mexico State
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Miami
Ball State at Michigan
Central Michigan at Nebraska
Coastal Carolina at Eastern Michigan
Kennesaw at Kent State
NIU at Maryland
Ohio at Boston College
Robert Morris at Bowling Green
Saint Francis at Buffalo
San Diego State at Toledo

Saturday, Sep. 19
Akron at Clemson
Ball State at Indiana
Bowling Green at Illinois
Buffalo at Ohio State
Central Michigan at Northwestern
Cincinnati at Miami
Kent State at Kentucky
Marshall at Ohio
NIU at Eastern Michigan
Toledo at Michigan State
Western Michigan at Notre Dame, 2:30pm ET (NBC)

Saturday, Sep. 26
Bryant at Central Michigan
Buffalo at Bowling Green
Central Connecticut at Toledo
Eastern Michigan at Missouri
Kent State at Alabama
Miami at Akron
NIU at Iowa
Ohio at Texas State
Syracuse at Western Michigan
Wyoming at Ball State

Saturday, Oct. 3
Akron at Buffalo
Army at Miami
Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan
Kent State at NIU
Liberty at Bowling Green
Ohio at Toledo
Western Michigan at Ball State

Saturday, Oct. 10
Akron at Kent State
Ball State at Buffalo
Central Michigan at NIU
Eastern Michigan at Ohio
Miami at Bowling Green
Toledo at Western Michigan

Saturday, Oct. 17
Bowling Green at Toledo
Eastern Michigan at Army
Kent State at Buffalo
NIU at Ball State
Ohio at Miami
UMass at Akron
Western Michigan at Central Michigan

Saturday, Oct. 24
Akron at Ball State
Bowling Green at Ohio
Buffalo at Army
BYU at NIU (at SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, Ill.)
Miami at Central Michigan
Toledo at Eastern Michigan
Western Michigan at Kent State

Saturday, Oct. 31
Ball State at Miami
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
Toledo at Akron

Tuesday, Nov. 3
Buffalo at NIU (ESPN2)

Wednesday, Nov. 4
Kent State at Bowling Green (ESPN2/CBSSN)
Ohio at Central Michigan (ESPN2/CBSSN)

Tuesday, Nov. 10
Eastern Michigan at Ball State (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN)
Miami at Buffalo (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN)
NIU at Western Michigan (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN)

Wednesday, Nov. 11
Central Michigan at Toledo (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Ohio at Kent State (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Saturday, Nov. 14
Bowling Green at Akron

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Kent State at Miami (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Toledo at NIU (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Wednesday, Nov. 18
Ball State at Central Michigan (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Buffalo at Ohio (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Saturday, Nov. 21
Bowling Green at Eastern Michigan
Western Michigan at Akron

Tuesday, Nov. 24
Ball State at Toledo (ESPNU/ESPN+)
Central Michigan at Kent State (ESPNU/ESPN+)

Friday, Nov. 27
Akron at Ohio (ESPNU/CBSSN/ESPN+/ESPN3)
Eastern Michigan at Miami (ESPNU/CBSSN/ESPN+/ESPN3)
NIU at Bowling Green (ESPNU/CBSSN/ESPN+/ESPN3)
Buffalo at Western Michigan (ESPNU/CBSSN/ESPN+/ESPN3)

Friday, Dec. 4 or Saturday, Dec. 5
2020 MAC Football Championship Game
Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.

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Comments (3)

The MAC’s final week should be this:

Akron-Kent State
Bowling Green-Toledo
Miami-Ohio
Buffalo-Eastern Michigan
Central Michigan-Western Michigan
Ball State-Northern Illinois

except I have two cross-division games listed, but they are regional rivalries – one pits two schools from the Toledo area that are in separate divisions, the other matches two schools in markets located along the Canadian border, connected by routes 401 and 403 and the Queen Elizabeth Way (yeah, traveling between Detroit and Buffalo is much faster if you go through Ontario, Canada)