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MAC Announces A Record 57 Football Games for Television

From the MAC
July 27, 2007

CLEVELAND - The 2007 Mid-American Conference football television schedule was released today and the numbers show a league record 57 contests to be shown on among national and regional sports networks.

The opening weekend features three national games - including an ESPNU game with Northern Illinois hosting Iowa from the Big Ten at an already sold out at 61,500-seat Soldier Field. Temple, playing its first year in the MAC, will host Navy on Friday night in an ESPNU contest at Lincoln Financial Field (68,532). Toledo will host Big Ten’s Purdue University on ESPNU in an ESPNU contest Saturday night during the opening week at The Glass Bowl. Opening weekend record home crowds are anticipated for both individual MAC schools and the league overall.

Highlighting the MAC 2007 Television schedule will be an eight-game, six-week regionally syndicated over-the-air football package that was announced earlier this month. The package will air in 34 markets and cover 22 percent of U.S. Households. Those select games are Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois, and Cincinnati at Miami on Sept. 15; Temple at Bowling Green, and Kent State at Akron on Sept. 22; Northern Illinois at Central Michigan on Sept. 29; Central Michigan at Ball State on Oct. 6; Eastern Michigan at Ohio on Oct. 13; and Miami at Temple on Oct. 20.

The FSN Ohio MAC Game of the Week will feature Army vs. Akron in the inaugural Patriot Bowl at Browns Stadium on Sept. 1; Kent State at Ohio on Sept. 29, Miami at Kent State on Oct. 6 and Bowling Green at Miami on Oct. 13.

The league’s package also includes the 11th annual Marathon MAC Championship Football Game Dec. 1 at Ford Field in Detroit on either ESPN or ESPN2. This marks the fourth consecutive season that the MAC title game will be staged at a neutral site and site of the 2006 Super Bowl.

Leading up to the championship game, the MAC will have at least eight league contests featured on national telvision. ESPN2 will air Central Michigan at Western Michigan, Tuesday Nov. 6; Ohio at Akron, Wednesday Nov. 7; Toledo at Ball State, Tuesday Nov. 13; and Akron at Miami, Wednesday Nov. 14. ESPNU will carry Akron at Bowling Green, Friday Nov. 2; Bowling Green at Eastern Michigan, Friday Nov. 9; Central Michigan at Akron, and Toledo at Bowling Green, Friday Nov. 23.

Additional games could be added at a later date.

2007 MAC FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE
(As of July 25/All Times Eastern/Tentative and Subject to Change)
DAY/DATE GAME TIME NETWORK

Thursday, Aug. 30
Miami @ Ball State 7 pm Comcast Local
Buffalo @ Rutgers 7 pm ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan
Friday, Aug. 31 Navy @ Temple 7:30 pm ESPNU

Saturday, Sept. 1
Iowa vs. Northern Illinois 3:30 pm ESPNU (Soldier Field/Chicago)
Western Michigan @ West Virginia 3:30 pm ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan
Purdue @ Toledo 7 pm ESPNU
Army vs. Akron (Browns Stadium/Cleveland) 7 pm ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan
Gardner-Webb @ Ohio 7 pm WSFJ/Ohio Package

Saturday, Sept. 8
Bowling Green @ Michigan State 12 Noon Big Ten Network
Miami @ Minnesota 12 Noon Big Ten Network
Akron @ Ohio State 12 Noon Big Ten Network
Southern Illinois @ Northern Illinois 7:30 pm CSN Chicago
Indiana @ Western Michigan 8 pm ESPNU

Saturday, Sept. 15
Temple @ Connecticut 12 Noon ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan
Akron @ Indiana 12 Noon Big Ten Network
Buffalo @ Penn State 12 Noon Big Ten Network
Central Michigan @ Purdue 12 Noon ESPN2
Eastern Michigan @ Northern Illinois 12 Noon ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan
Cincinnati @ Miami 12 Noon ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan
Ohio @ Virginia Tech 1:30 pm ESPN360

Saturday, Sept. 22
Temple @ Bowling Green 12 Noon ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan
 Kent State @ Akron 12 Noon ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan
Wyoming @ Ohio 3 pm WSFJ/Ohio Package
Howard @ Eastern Michigan 3:30 pm Comcast Local

Saturday, Sept. 29
Temple @ Army TBA ESPNU
Akron @ Connecticut 12 Noon ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan
Northern Illinois @ Central Michigan 12 Noon ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan
Kent State @ Ohio 3 pm FSN Ohio
Western Michigan @ Toledo 7 pm Comcast Local

Saturday, Oct. 6
Miami @ Kent State 3 pm FSN Ohio

Saturday, Oct. 13
Eastern Michigan @ Ohio 12 Noon ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan
Bowling Green @ Miami 3 pm FSN Ohio
Army @ Central Michigan 3:30 pm Comcast Local
Western Michigan @ Northern Illinois 4 pm CSN Chicago

Friday, Oct. 19
Northwestern @ Eastern Michigan 7 pm ESPNU (Ford Field/Detroit)

Saturday, Oct. 20
Miami @ Temple 12 Noon ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan
Ball State @ Western Michigan 2 pm Comcast Local
Ohio @ Toledo 7 pm WSFJ/Ohio Package

Saturday, Oct. 27
Western Michigan @ Eastern Michigan 3:30 pm Comcast Local
Ohio @ Bowling Green 6 pm WSFJ/Ohio Package

Friday, Nov. 2
Akron @ Bowling Green 7:30 pm ESPNU

Tuesday, Nov. 6
Central Michigan @ Western Michigan 7:30 pm ESPN2

Wednesday, Nov. 7
Ohio @ Akron 7:30 pm ESPN2

Friday, Nov. 9
Bowling Green @ Eastern Michigan 7:30 pm ESPNU

Saturday, Nov. 10
Kent State @ Nothern Illinois 4 pm CSN Chicago

Tuesday, Nov. 13
Toledo @ Ball State 7:30 pm ESPN2

Wednesday, Nov. 14
Akron @ Miami 7:30 pm ESPN2

Friday, Nov. 16
Eastern Michigan @ Central Michigan 7 pm Comcast Local

Friday, Nov. 23
Central Michigan @ Akron 11 am ESPNU
Toledo @ BGSU 2:30 pm ESPNU

Saturday, Nov. 24
Miami @ Ohio 2 pm WSFJ/Ohio Package
Ball State @ Northern Illinois 4 pm CSN Chicago/Comcast Local

POST SEASON
Saturday, Dec. 1
Marathon MAC Football Championship TBA ESPN or ESPN2

Wednesday, Dec. 26
Motor City Bowl (Detroit) 7:30 pm ESPN

Saturday, Jan. 5
International Bowl (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) 12 Noon ESPN2

Sunday, Jan. 6
GMAC Bowl (Mobile, Ala.) 8 pm ESPN