MAC early season 2021 football TV schedule announced

By Kevin Kelley -

The MAC early season 2021 football TV schedule has been announced, which features 37 televised games in the first three weeks.

The season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 2 with three MAC teams in action. Bowling Green plays at Tennessee, Buffalo hosts Wagner, and Ball State hosts Western Illinois. On Friday, Sept. 3, Eastern Michigan hosts Saint Francis U.

The eight remaining MAC members kick off their 2021 season on Saturday, Sept. 4 (Akron, Central Michigan, Kent State, Miami, Toledo, NIU, Ohio, and Western Michigan).

Several additional contests involving MAC teams from Sept. 18 through Nov. 27 have also been set for television broadcasts.

The 2021 Rocket Mortgage MAC Football Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan will be played on Saturday, Dec. 4. Kickoff and TV for the game will be announced at a later date.

Listed below are the MAC games that have been selected for television as of May 27. All remaining MAC controlled games will be announced 6-12 days prior to the date of the game.

2021 MAC Football TV Schedule

All times Eastern.

Thursday, Sept. 2
Western Illinois at Ball State –  7pm, ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee – 8pm, SECN

Friday, Sept. 3
St. Francis at Eastern Michigan – 7pm, ESPN3

Saturday, Sept. 4
Western Michigan at Michigan – Noon, ESPN
Miami (OH) at Cincinnati – 3:30pm, ESPN+
Central Michigan at Missouri – 4pm, SECN
Syracuse at Ohio – 7pm, CBSSN
Norfolk State at Toledo –  7pm, ESPN3
Akron at Auburn – 7pm, ESPN+/SECN+
Wagner at Buffalo – 7pm, ESPN3
NIU at Georgia Tech – 7:30pm, ACCN
Kent State at Texas A&M – 8pm, ESPNU

Saturday, Sept. 11
VMI at Kent State – 11:30 am ESPN3
Miami at Minnesota – Noon, ESPNU
Wyoming at NIU – 1:30pm, ESPN+
Duquesne at Ohio – 2pm, ESPN3
Toledo at Notre Dame – 2:30pm, NBC
Robert Morris at Central Michigan – 3pm, ESPN3
Ball State at Penn State – 3:30pm, FS1
Buffalo at Nebraska – 3:30pm, BTN
Temple at Akron – 3:30 pm  ESPN+
South Alabama at Bowling Green –  4pm, ESPN+
Illinois State at Western Michigan – 5pm, ESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Wisconsin – 7pm, FS1

Thursday, Sept. 16
Ohio at Louisiana-Lafayette – 8pm, ESPN

Saturday, Sept. 18
Coastal Carolina at Buffalo – Noon, ESPN2 or ESPNU
NIU at Michigan – Noon, BTN
Western Michigan at Pittsburgh – Noon, ESPN3
Kent State at Iowa – 3:30pm, BTN
LIU at Miami – 3:30pm, ESPN+
Bryant at Akron – 3:30pm, ESPN3
Colorado State at Toledo – 4pm, ESPNU
Murray State at Bowling Green – 5pm, ESPN3
Central Michigan at LSU – 7:30pm, SECN
Ball State at Wyoming – TBA
Eastern Michigan at UMass – TBA

Saturday, Sept. 25
Bowling Green at Minnesota – Noon, ESPN network TBD
Miami at Army – Noon, CBSSN

Saturday, Oct. 2
Western Michigan at Buffalo – Noon, TV TBA
Eastern Michigan at NIU – 1:30pm, TV TBA
Bowling Green at Kent State – 3:30pm, TV TBA
Central Michigan at Miami – 3:30pm, TV TBA
Ohio at Akron – 3:30pm, TV TBA

Saturday, Oct. 9
NIU at Toledo – Noon, CBSSN
Central Michigan Ohio – 3:30pm, TV TBA
Miami at Eastern Michigan – 3:30pm, TV TBA

Saturday, Oct. 16
Toledo at Central Michigan – 3:30pm, TV TBA
Kent State at Western Michigan – 3:30pm, TV TBA

Saturday, Oct. 30
Bowling Green at Buffalo – Noon, CBSSN

Tuesday, Nov. 2
Ball State at Akron – 7 or 7:30pm, ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN
Eastern Michigan at Toledo – 7 or 7:30pm, ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN
Miami at Ohio – 7 or 7:30pm, ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN

Wednesday, Nov. 3
Central Michigan at Western Michigan – 7pm, ESPN2/ESPNU
NIU at Kent State – 7pm, ESPN2/ESPNU

Tuesday, Nov. 9
Akron at Western Michigan – 7 or 8pm, ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN
Buffalo at Miami – 7 or 8pm, ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN
Ohio at Eastern Michigan – 7 or 8pm, ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN

Wednesday, Nov. 10
Ball State at NIU – 7 or 8pm, ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN
Toledo at Bowling Green – 7 or 8pm, ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN
Kent State at Central Michigan – 7 or 8pm, ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN

Tuesday, Nov. 16
Toledo at Ohio – 7:30 or 8pm, ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN+
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan – 7:30 or 8pm, ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN+
Bowling Green at Miami – 7:30 or 8pm, ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN+

Wednesday, Nov. 17
Central Michigan at Ball State – 7pm, ESPN2/ESPNU
NIU at Buffalo – 7pm, ESPN2/ESPNU

Tuesday, Nov. 23
Western Michigan at NIU – 7pm, ESPNU/ESPN+
Buffalo at Ball State – 7pm, ESPNU/ESPN+

Friday, Nov. 26
Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan – Noon, ESPNU/CBSSN
Ohio at Bowling Green – Noon, ESPNU/CBSSN

Saturday, December 4
Rocket Mortgage MAC Football Championship Game
Ford Field – Detroit, MI

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