No Michigan MAC games until November

The Mid-American Conference announced its 2021 football schedule, which will not feature a Michigan in-state conference matchup until November, and none of them on a Saturday.

Eastern Michigan kicks things of for the Michigan MAC schools with a Sept. 3 game against St. Francis (Fa.) out of the FCS. The next day, Western Michigan opens the season at the Big House against Michigan while Central Michigan is at Missouri.

One of the staples of MAC football schedules in recent years has been mid-week #MACtion in November, and this year is no different.

The Broncos host the Chippewas — one of the MAC’s fiercest rivalries — on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Thirteen days later, WMU visits Ypsilanti to take on EMU. The Eagles and Chips close out the regular season together on Friday, Nov. 26., in Mount Pleasant.

The MAC championship game, which has been played at Ford Field since 2004, is scheduled for Dec. 4.

Last season, WMU finished a game out of first place in the West Division, going 4-2 in the all-conference shortened season. CMU was 3-3 and EMU was 2-4. The Broncos retained the Michigan MAC trophy after all three teams went 1-1 against the others for the second consecutive year (WMU defeated CMU but lost to EMU, which lost to CMU).

Kickoff times and television will be announced later this year.

Central Michigan schedule

Sept. 4 at Missouri

Sept. 11 vs. Robert Morris

Sept. 18 at LSU

Sept. 25 vs. Florida International

Oct. 2 at Miami (Ohio)

Oct. 9 at Ohio

Oct. 16 vs. Toledo (homecoming)

Oct. 23 vs. Northern Illinois

Nov. 3 at Western Michigan

Nov. 10 vs. Kent State

Nov. 17 at Ball State

Nov. 26 vs. Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan schedule

Sept. 3 vs. St. Francis (Pa.)

Sept. 11 at Wisconsin

Sept. 18 at UMass

Sept. 25 vs. Texas State

Oct. 2 at Northern Illinois

Oct. 9 vs. Miami (Ohio) (homecoming)

Oct. 16 vs. Ball State

Oct. 23 at Bowling Green

Nov. 2 at Toledo

Nov. 9 vs. Ohio

Nov. 16 vs. Western Michigan

Nov. 26 at Central Michigan

Western Michigan schedule

Sept. 4 at Michigan

Story continues

Sept. 11 vs. Illinois State

Sept. 18 at Pitt

Sept. 25 vs. San Jose State

Oct. 2 at Buffalo

Oct. 9 vs. Ball State

Oct. 16 vs. Kent State

Oct. 23 at Toledo

Nov. 3 vs. Central Michigan

Nov. 9 vs. Akron

Nov. 16 at Eastern Michigan

Nov. 23 at Northern Illinois

Contact Kirkland Crawford: kcrawford@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @HiKirkHere.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: 2021 MAC football schedule: No in-state conference games til November

Published: 2021-02-26 17:04:28

Tags: #Michigan #MAC #games #November

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