2021 MAC Football Schedules Released

February 26, 2021 by Staff

The Mid-American Conference today released the football schedules for its 75th Anniversary season.

MAC schools have 20 games against schools from the Power 5 conferences, all in the month of September. That series of non-conference clashes begins on the Labor Day holiday opening weekend when Central Michigan visits Missouri, Northern Illinois treks to Georgia Tech, Western Michigan visits Michigan, Akron plays at Auburn, Bowling Green visits Tennessee, Kent State travels to Texas A&M, and Ohio entertains Syracuse.

On September 11, Ball State visits Penn State, Eastern Michigan journeys to Wisconsin, Toledo visits Notre Dame, Buffalo travels to Nebraska, and Miami visits Minnesota.

On September 18, Central Michigan goes to LSU, Northern Illinois goes to Ann Arbor as Michigan's second MAC opponent, Western Michigan visits Pitt, and Kent State heads to Iowa.

On September 25, Akron is at Ohio State, Bowling Green visits Minnesota, Kent State treks to Maryland, and Ohio journeys to Northwestern.

Eleven of the twelve programs will play 1 non-conference game versus a school from the FCS. Toledo is the only team that will not do so. In 2019, which was the last "normal" regular season, Akron was the only school to not schedule a FCS program.


Thursday, Sept. 2
Western Illinois at Ball State

Friday, Sept. 3
St. Francis at Eastern Michigan

Saturday, Sept. 4
Central Michigan at Missouri
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech
Norfolk State at Toledo
Western Michigan at Michigan
Akron at Auburn
Bowling Green at Tennessee
Wagner at Buffalo
Kent State at Texas A&M
Miami (O.) at Cincinnati
Syracuse at Ohio

Saturday, Sept. 11
Ball State at Penn State
Robert Morris at Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan at Wisconsin
Wyoming at Northern Illinois
Toledo at Notre Dame
Illinois State at Western Michigan
Temple at Akron
South Alabama at Bowling Green
Buffalo at Nebraska
VMI at Kent State
Miami (O.) at Minnesota
Duquesne at Ohio

Saturday, Sept. 18
Ball State at Wyoming
Central Michigan at LSU
Eastern Michigan at Massachusetts
Northern Illinois at Michigan
Colorado State at Toledo
Western Michigan at Pittsburgh
Bryant at Akron
Murray State at Bowling Green
Coastal Carolina at Buffalo
Kent State at Iowa
Long Island at Miami (O.)
Ohio at Louisiana-Lafayette

Saturday, Sept. 25
Toledo at Ball State
Florida International at Central Michigan
Texas State at Eastern Michigan
Maine at Northern Illinois
San Jose State at Western Michigan
Akron at Ohio State
Bowling Green at Minnesota
Buffalo at Old Dominion
Kent State at Maryland
Miami (O.) at Army
Ohio at Northwestern

Saturday, Oct. 2
Central Michigan at Miami (O.)
Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois
Western Michigan at Buffalo
Bowling Green at Kent State
Ohio at Akron
Army at Ball State
Toledo at Massachusetts

Saturday, Oct. 9
Ball State at Western Michigan
Central Michigan at Ohio
Northern Illinois at Toledo
Akron at Bowling Green
Buffalo at Kent State
Miami (O.) at Eastern Michigan

Saturday, Oct. 16
Ball State at Eastern Michigan
Toledo at Central Michigan
Akron at Miami (O.)
Bowling Green at Northern Illinois
Kent State at Western Michigan
Ohio at Buffalo

Saturday, Oct. 23
Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green
Northern Illinois at Central Michigan
Western Michigan at Toledo
Buffalo at Akron
Kent State at Ohio
Miami (O.) at Ball State

Saturday, Oct. 30
Bowling Green at Buffalo

Tuesday, Nov. 2
Ball State at Akron
Eastern Michigan at Toledo
Miami (O.) at Ohio

Wednesday, Nov. 3
Central Michigan at Western Michigan
Northern Illinois at Kent State

Thursday November 9
Akron at Western Michigan
Buffalo at Miami (O.)
Ohio at Eastern Michigan

Wednesday, Nov. 10
Ball State at Northern Illinois
Toledo at Bowling Green
Kent State at Central Michigan

Tuesday, Nov. 16
Toledo at Ohio
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan
Bowling Green at Miami (O.)

Wednesday, Nov. 17
Central Michigan at Ball State
Northern Illinois at Buffalo

Saturday, Nov. 20
Kent State at Akron

Tuesday, Nov. 23
Western Michigan at Northern Illinois
Buffalo at Ball State

Friday, Nov. 26
Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan
Ohio at Bowling Green

Saturday, Nov. 27
Akron at Toledo
Miami (O.) at Kent State

Saturday, Dec. 4
Rocket Mortgage MAC Football Championship Game (Ford Field – Detroit, Mich.)

By Team

9/4        at Auburn
9/11      Temple
9/18      Bryant (FCS)
9/25      at Ohio State
10/2      Ohio
10/9      at Bowling Green
10/16    at Miami (O.)
10/23    Buffalo
11/2      Ball State
11/9      at Western Michigan
11/20    Kent State
11/27    at Toledo

9/11      at Penn State
9/18      at Wyoming
9/25      Toledo
10/2      Army
10/9      at Western Michigan
10/16    at Eastern Michigan
10/23    Miami (O.)
11/2      at Akron
11/10    at Northern Illinois
11/17    Central Michigan
11/23    Buffalo

9/4        at Tennessee
9/11      South Alabama
9/18      Murray State (FCS)
9/25      at Minnesota
10/2      at Kent State
10/9      Akron
10/16    at Northern Illinois
10/23    Eastern Michigan
10/30    at Buffalo
11/10    Toledo
11/16    at Miami (O.)
11/26    Ohio

9/4        Wagner (FCS)
9/11      at Nebraska
9/18      Coastal Carolina
9/25      at Old Dominion
10/2      Western Michigan
10/9      at Kent State
10/16    Ohio
10/23    at Akron
10/30    Bowling Green
11/9      at Miami (O.)
11/17    Northern Illinois
11/23    at Ball State

9/4        at Missouri
9/11      Robert Morris (FCS)
9/18      at LSU
9/25      Florida International
10/2      at Miami (O.)
10/9      at Ohio
10/16    Toledo
10/23    Northern Illinois
11/3      at Western Michigan
11/10    Kent State
11/17    at Ball State
11/26    Eastern Michigan

9/3        ST. FRANCIS, PA. (FCS)
9/11      at Wisconsin
9/18      at Massachusetts
9/25      Texas State
10/2      at Northern Illinois
10/9      Miami
10/16    Ball State
10/23    at Bowling Green
11/2      at Toledo
11/9      Ohio
11/16    Western Michigan
11/26    at Central Michigan

9/4        at Texas A&M
9/11      VMI (FCS)
9/18      at Iowa
9/25      at Maryland
10/2      Bowling Green
10/9      Buffalo
10/16    at Western Michigan
10/23    at Ohio
11/3      Northern Illinois
11/10    at Central Michigan
11/20    at Akron
11/27    Miami (O.)

9/4        at Cincinnati
9/11      at Minnesota
9/18      Long Island (FCS)
9/25      at Army
10/2      Central Michigan
10/9      at Eastern Michigan
10/16    Akron
10/23    at Ball State
11/2      at Ohio
11/9      Buffalo
11/16    Bowling Green
11/27    at Kent State

9/4        at Georgia Tech
9/11      Wyoming
9/18      at Michigan
9/25      Maine (FCS)
10/2      Eastern Michigan
10/9      at Toledo
10/16    Bowling Green
10/23    at Central Michigan
11/3      at Kent State
11/10    Ball State
11/17    at Buffalo
11/23    Western Michigan

9/4        Syracuse
9/11      Duquesne (FCS)
9/18      at Louisiana-Lafayette
9/25      at Northwestern
10/2      at Akron
10/9      Central Michigan
10/16    at Buffalo
10/23    Kent State
11/2      Miami (O.)
11/9      at Eastern Michigan
11/16    Toledo
11/26    at Bowling Green

9/4        Norfolk State
9/11      at Notre Dame
9/18      Colorado State
9/25      at Ball State
10/2      at Massachusetts
10/9      Northern Illinois
10/16    at Central Michigan
10/23    Western Michigan
11/2      Eastern Michigan
11/10    at Bowling Green
11/16    at Ohio
11/27    Akron

9/4        at Michigan
9/11      Illinois State (FCS)
9/18      at Pittsburgh
9/25      San Jose State
10/2      at Buffalo
10/9      Ball State
10/16    Kent State
10/23    at Toledo
11/3      Central Michigan
11/9      Akron
11/16    at Eastern Michigan
11/23    at Northern Illinois