2024 MAC football schedule announced

By Kevin Kelley -

The 2024 MAC Football Schedule has been officially announced. Conference play begins on Saturday, Sept. 21 with two matchups.

Beginning in 2024, the MAC will drop its East and West divisions. The two teams with the best conference winning percentage will compete in the MAC Football Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich., on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Featured non-conference games for each MAC team in 2024 include Akron at Ohio State, Ball State at Miami (FL), Bowling Green at Penn State, Buffalo at Missouri, Central Michigan at Illinois, Eastern Michigan at Washington, Kent State at Tennessee, Miami (Ohio) at Notre Dame, Northern Illinois at Notre Dame, Ohio at Kentucky, Toledo at Mississippi State, and Western Michigan at Ohio State.

The MAC will release an updated schedule later this spring with game times and television for the first three weeks of the regular season and its midweek MACtion schedule. All remaining game times and television will be announced 12 days prior to the scheduled game. Games will air on ESPN networks (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN+/ESPN3) and CBS Sports Network.

2024 MAC Football Schedules

2024 MAC Football Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 29
Lafayette at Buffalo
Duquesne at Toledo
Fordham at Bowling Green
Central Connecticut at Central Michigan

Saturday, Aug. 31
Akron at Ohio State
Eastern Michigan at UMass
Kent State at Pitt
Miami at Northwestern
Western Illinois at Northern Illinois
Ohio at Syracuse
Western Michigan at Wisconsin

Saturday, Sept. 7
Akron at Rutgers
Missouri State at Ball State
Bowling Green at Penn State
Buffalo at Missouri
Central Michigan at FIU
Eastern Michigan at Washington
St. Francis at Kent State
Northern Illinois at Notre Dame
South Alabama at Ohio
UMass at Toledo
Western Michigan at Ohio State

Saturday, Sept. 14
Colgate at Akron
Ball State at Miami (FL)
UMass at Buffalo
Central Michigan at Illinois
Jacksonville State at Eastern Michigan
Kent State at Tennessee
Cincinnati at Miami
Morgan State at Ohio
Toledo at Mississippi State
Bethune-Cookman at Western Michigan

Saturday, Sept. 21
Ball State at Central Michigan*
Buffalo at Northern Illinois*
Akron at South Carolina
Bowling Green at Texas A&M
St. Francis at Eastern Michigan
Kent State at Penn State
Miami at Notre Dame
Ohio at Kentucky
Toledo at Western Kentucky

Saturday, Sept. 28
Akron at Ohio*
Eastern Michigan at Kent State*
Ball State at James Madison
Old Dominion at Bowling Green
Buffalo at UConn
San Diego State at Central Michigan
UMass at Miami
Northern Illinois at NC State
Western Michigan at Marshall

Saturday, October 5
Bowling Green at Akron*
Western Michigan at Ball State*
Miami at Toledo*
UMass at Northern Illinois

Saturday, October 12
Akron at Western Michigan*
Ball State at Kent State*
Northern Illinois at Bowling Green*
Toledo at Buffalo*
Ohio at Central Michigan*
Miami at Eastern Michigan*

Saturday, October 19
Kent State at Bowling Green*
Western Michigan at Buffalo*
Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan*
Ohio at Miami*
Toledo at Northern Illinois*
Ball State at Vanderbilt

Saturday, October 26
Eastern Michigan at Akron*
Northern Illinois at Ball State*
Bowling Green at Toledo*
Buffalo at Ohio*
Central Michigan at Miami*
Kent State at Western Michigan*

Saturday, Nov. 2
Buffalo at Akron*
Toledo at Eastern Michigan*

Tuesday, Nov. 5
Miami at Ball State*
Bowling Green at Central Michigan*

Wednesday, Nov. 6
Ohio at Kent State*
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan*

Tuesday, Nov. 12
Ball State at Buffalo*
Western Michigan at Bowling Green*
Central Michigan at Toledo*

Wednesday, Nov. 13
Akron at Northern Illinois*
Eastern Michigan at Ohio*
Kent State at Miami*

Tuesday, Nov. 19
Akron at Kent State*
Western Michigan at Central Michigan*
Northern Illinois at Miami*

Wednesday, Nov. 20
Buffalo at Eastern Michigan*
Ohio at Toledo*

Saturday, Nov. 23
Bowling Green at Ball State*

Tuesday, Nov. 26
Toledo at Akron*
Kent State at Buffalo*

Friday, Nov. 29
Ball State at Ohio*
Miami at Bowling Green*

Saturday, Nov. 30
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois*
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan*

Saturday, Dec. 7
MAC Football Championship Game
Ford Field – Detroit, Mich.

* MAC contest.

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Comments (12)

The MAC has me intrigued (my daughter attends Buffalo for what it is worth). With UMass joining in 2025, you wonder if they will add one more (Western Kentucky?), or Connecticut to get to 14. I wouldn’t be surprised if they got to 16 full-time members to help stave off poaching and potential extinction.

I bet Delaware is kicking itself for not exploring MAC membership. Better to play sports against schools in IN, IL, OH and MI as opposed to NM and TX. Maybe I am wrong, because CUSA is the conference for FCS upcomers.

While I dislike Tuesday and Wednesday nite MACtion, I get it—-the need that exposure.

I also wonder if NDSU and/or SDSU will consider moving to FBS at some point?

Perhaps NDSU, SDSU, Montana State, Montana, will be part of the MW if some teams decided to join into a new PAC conference. Not sure if stadium capacity is an issue although fan attendance is good for these four programs.

I read some time back that when Louisiana – Monroe played Arkansas, it was counted as a home game for Louisiana – Monroe to jack up their attendance number in order to remain in FBC. Not sure if that is still an issue since there are numerous FCS teams jumping up to FBC status that have smallish stadiums.

Interesting MAC teams are not poached for other conferences.

Stan currently I am happy with My Montana State Bobcats in FCS Big Sky Conference however I am open for Montana State to make transition to FBS & they would make a nice fit to Mountain West Conference

In the article first revealing UMass joining the MAC I mentioned Youngstown State also joining as a full member with football, Cleveland State and Robert Morris as non-football members with the latter keeping football in FCS, and Richmond and UConn as football only members.

I also think the Dakota 4 will stay together in FCS, and the Montana schools will join the WAC for non-football sports and the UAC in football, which wants to go FBS as a whole. Meanwhile the MW and Pac-12 seemed destined to merge and become the Pac-14.

The Mountain West Conference’s athletic revenue averages $54.4 million per school. North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Montana and Montan State generate an average athletic revenue stream of $24.7 million (from $18.6 million up to $27.4 million). Why would a conference creating the type of revenue that the MWC does, want or need schools that perform at 45% their level?

ans: They wouldn’t

Here is My dream MAC Football schedule. Saturday 11/2 Toledo at Eastern Michigan 1:00PM,ESPN+ Buffalo at Akron 3:30PM,CBSSN Tuesday 11/5 Bowling Green at Central Michigan 7:00PM,CBSSN Miami at Ball State 7:30PM,ESPN2 Wednesday 11/6 Northern Illinois at Western Michigan 7:00PM,CBSSN Ohio at Kent State 7:30PM,ESPN2

Hope you do not mine me going off the subject for Big Ten & speaking of Big Ten this is My dream Football schedule for
Week 10 11/2. Ohio State at Penn State Noon,CBS Wisconsin at Iowa Noon,FS1 Northwestern at Purdue Noon,BTN Oregon at Michigan 3:30PM,CBS Minnesota at Illinois 4:00PM,BTN Indiana at Michigan State 4:00PM,Peacock UCLA at Nebraska 7:30PM,NBC/Peacock USC at Washington 10:30PM,FS1 FOX College Football schedule 11/2 Kansas State at Houston,Noon,Wyoming at New Mexico 4:00PM & Arizona State at Oklahoma State 8:00PM.

Z-Man You need be much more focus on 2024 College Football season than future & please respect me being satisfied with my Montana State Bobcats currently in Big Sky Conference & speaking of Big Sky Conference I would like to see ESPN increase more live Football games in late evening time slot & also would like to see increase of Mountain West or PAC 14 Football games on regular TV.

MAC 114% likes having football games being played on Tuesday,Friday and Saturday during Thanksgiving week & I think it’s execellent.

If the divisions are gone for 2014, then why are the teams listed by division? Habit I guess?
Z type comments:
UConn in everything except basketball to give UMass an other-sport travel partner, makes 14.
WKU and MTSU always welcome to make 16.
Marshall would always be welcomed back, but who’s 18? JMU? DU? An FCS like YSU or EKU?