MAC Announces 2024 Football Schedule That Eliminates East and West Divisons

March 5, 2024 by

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Mid-American Conference today announced its football schedule for the 2024 season.

This marks the first integration of the new conference schedule format. This new model will allow for each team to face all 11 conference opponents home and away at least once during a three-year cycle. Additionally, the new format will incorporate protected opponents based on geographic location and rivalries and eliminates the MAC East and West Divisions.

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 platforms (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN+) and CBS Sports Network.

The 2024 conference season will kick off Saturday, September 21 with two contests as Central Michigan hosts Ball State, while Buffalo travels to Northern Illinois. The 28th MAC Football Championship game will be held on Saturday, December 7 (Time TBA) between the top two teams based on conference winning percentage. This will mark the 21st MAC Football Championship game at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions.

2024 MAC Football Schedule
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Thursday, August 29
Lafayette at Buffalo
Duquesne at Toledo
Fordham at Bowling Green
Central Connecticut at Central Michigan

Saturday, August 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, September 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, September 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, September 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, September 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, November 2
Buffalo at Akron*
Toledo at Eastern Michigan*

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 20
Buffalo at Eastern Michigan*
Ohio at Toledo*

Saturday, November 23
Bowling Green at Ball State*

Tuesday, November 26
Toledo at Akron*
Kent State at Buffalo*

Friday, November 29
Ball State at Ohio*
Miami at Bowling Green*

Saturday, November 30
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois*
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan*

Saturday, December 7
MAC Football Championship Game (Detroit, Mich. Ford Field)

Team-By-Team Schedules
8/31 at Ohio State
9/7 at Rutgers
9/14 Colgate
9/21 at South Carolina
9/28 atee Ohio*
10/5 Bowling Green*
10/12 at Western Michigan*
10/26 Eastern Michigan*
11/2 Buffalo*
11/13 at Northern Illinois*
11/19 at Kent State*
11/26 Toledo*

Ball State
9/7 Missouri State
9/14 at Miami (FL)
9/21 at Central Michigan*
9/28 at James Madison
10/5 Western Michigan*
10/12 at Kent State*
10/19 at Vanderbilt
10/26 Northern Illinois*
11/5 Miami*
11/12 at Buffalo*
11/23 Bowling Green*
11/29 at Ohio*

Bowling Green
8/29 Fordham
9/7 at Penn State
9/21 at Texas A&M
9/28 Old Dominion
10/5 at Akron*
10/12 Northern Illinois*
10/19 Kent State*
10/26 at Toledo*
11/5 at Central Michigan*
11/12 Western Michigan*
11/23 at Ball State*
11/29 Miami*

8/29 Lafayette
9/7 at Missouri
9/14 UMass
9/21 at Northern Illinois*
9/28 at UConn
10/12 Toledo*
10/19 Western Michigan*
10/26 at Ohio*
11/2 at Akron*
11/12 Ball State*
11/20 at Eastern Michigan*
11/26 Kent State*

Central Michigan
8/29 Central Connecticut
9/7 at FIU
9/14 at Illinois
9/21 Ball State*
9/28 San Diego State
10/12 Ohio*
10/19 at Eastern Michigan*
10/26 at Miami*
11/5 Bowling Green*
11/12 at Toledo*
11/19 Western Michigan*
11/30 at Northern Illinois*

Eastern Michigan
8/31 at UMass
9/7 at Washington
9/14 Jacksonville State
9/21 St. Francis
9/28 at Kent State*
10/12 Miami*
10/19 Central Michigan*
10/26- at Akron*
11/2 Toledo*
11/13 at Ohio*
11/20 Buffalo*
11/30 at Western Michigan*

Kent State
8/31 at Pitt
9/7 St. Francis
9/14 at Tennessee
9/21 at Penn State
9/28 Eastern Michigan*
10/12 Ball State*
10/19 at Bowling Green*
10/26 at Western Michigan
11/6 Ohio*
11/13 at Miami*
11/19 Akron*
11/26 at Buffalo*

8/31 at Northwestern
9/14 Cincinnati
9/21 at Notre Dame
9/28 UMass
10/5 at Toledo*
10/12 at Eastern Michigan*
10/19 Ohio*
10/26 Central Michigan*
11/5 at Ball State*
11/13 Kent State*
11/19 Northern Illinois*
11/29 at Bowling Green*

Northern Illinois
8/31 Western Illinois
9/7 at Notre Dame
9/21 Buffalo*
9/28 at NC State
10/5 UMass
10/12 at Bowling Green*
10/19 Toledo*
10/26 at Ball State*
11/6 at Western Michigan*
11/13 Akron*
11/19 at Miami*
11/30 Central Michigan*

8/31 at Syracuse
9/7 South Alabama
9/14 Morgan State
9/21 at Kentucky
9/28 Akron*
10/12 at Central Michigan*
10/19 at Miami*
10/26 Buffalo*
11/6 at Kent State*
11/13 Eastern Michigan*
11/20 at Toledo*
11/29 Ball State*

8/29 Duquesne
9/7 UMass
9/14 at Mississippi State
9/21 at Western Kentucky
10/5 Miami*
10/12 at Buffalo*
10/19 at Northern Illinois*
10/26 Bowling Green*
11/2 at Eastern Michigan*
11/12 Central Michigan*
11/20 Ohio*
11/26 at Akron*

Western Michigan
8/31 at Wisconsin
9/7 at Ohio State
9/14 Bethune-Cookman
9/28 at Marshall
10/5 at Ball State*
10/12 Akron*
10/19 at Buffalo*
10/26 Kent State*
11/6 Northern Illinois*
11/12 at Bowling Green*
11/19 at Central Michigan*
11/30 Eastern Michigan*