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ImageCLEVELAND - The 2008 Mid-American Conference football schedule was released today with 16 national television appearances on ESPN or ESPN2 highlighting the league slate.

The season will culminate with the 11th
MAC Championship game on Friday, Dec. 5, at Ford Field in Detroit on ESPN2 at 8:00 pm (ET). This will mark the fifth MAC Championship game at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XX, and the 2009 Men’s Final Four.

The bulk of the television exposure will occur in November when 11 league games will be televised by either ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Classic or ESPN360 as MAC teams position themselves for the post season.  

MAC teams continue to face a challenging non-conference schedule as league schools will face opponents from each of the following Football Bowl Subdivision conferences – ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC 10 and SEC. A total of 12 of the school’s non-league games will come vs. Big Ten opponents and 18 times a MAC institution will oppose a bowl opponent from last year.

Bowling Green will host Minnesota as the Gophers will be the first Big Ten opponent to visit BG in the history of Doyt Perry Stadium.

Kent State will host Boston College at Cleveland Browns Stadium in the Patriot Bowl on Saturday, August 30. Western Michigan will host Big Ten foe Illinois on Nov. 8 at Ford Field in Detroit, and Miami welcomes SEC member Vanderbilt to Oxford in its season opener on Thursday, August 28. Two BIG East schools will play at MAC Stadiums – Connecticut at Temple in the Owls home opener Sept. 6, and Cincinnati at Akron on Sept. 27

MAC teams will host 12 Bowl Subdivision institutions at home or neutral sites with four of those from the following conferences – Big Ten, Big East and ACC [Illinois vs. Western Michigan in Detroit, Connecticut at Temple, Cincinnati at Akron, and Boston College vs. Kent State at Cleveland).

The complete schedule follows.

Thursday - August 28
Northeastern at Ball State

Eastern Illinois at Central Michigan
UTEP at Buffalo
Indiana State
at Eastern Michigan
Vanderbilt at Miami

Friday – August 29
Temple at Army

Saturday - August 30
Northern Illinois at Minnesota
Western Michigan at Nebraska
Akron at Wisconsin
Bowling Green at Pittsburgh
Boston College vs. Kent State (at Cleveland)
Ohio at Wyoming

Friday – September 5
Navy ay Ball State, [ESPN] 7:00 ET

Saturday - September 6
Central Michigan at Georgia
Eastern Michigan at Michigan State
*Northern Illinois at Western Michigan
Toledo at Arizona
Akron at Syracuse
Minnesota at Bowling Green
Buffalo at Pittsburgh
Kent State at Iowa State
Miami at Michigan
Ohio at Ohio State
Connecticut at Temple

Saturday - September 13
*Ball State at Akron
*Temple at Buffalo
*Central Michigan at Ohio
*Toledo at Eastern Michigan
Western Michigan at Idaho
Bowling Green at Boise State
Delaware State at Kent State
Charleston Southern at Miami

Saturday - September 20
Ball State at Indiana State
Central Michigan at Purdue
Eastern Michigan at Maryland
Indiana State at Northern Illinois
Fresno State at Toledo
Tennessee Tech at Western Michigan
Akron at Army [ESPN or ESPNU]
Buffalo at Missouri
Kent State at Louisiana-Lafayette
Miami at Cincinnati
Ohio at Northwestern
Temple at Penn State

Saturday - September 27
*Kent State at Ball State
*Buffalo at Central Michigan
*Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan
FIU at Toledo
*Western Michigan at Temple
Cincinnati at Akron
Bowling Green at Wyoming
VMI at Ohio

Saturday - October 4
*Ball State at Toledo
*Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green
*Ohio at Western Michigan
*Akron at Kent State
*Temple at Miami
Northern Illinois at Tennessee

Saturday - October 11
Ball State at Western Kentucky
at Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan at Army
at Northern Illinois
Toledo at Michigan
Western Michigan at Buffalo
*Bowling Green
at Akron
at Kent State

Saturday - October 18
Western Michigan at Central Michigan
at Western Michigan
at Northern Illinois
at Bowling Green
Army at Buffalo
Tuesday – October 21
at Temple [ESPN2], 8:00pm ET

Saturday - October 25
Eastern Michigan at Ball State
Central Michigan at Toledo
*Bowling Green
at Northern Illinois
*Kent State
at MiamiTuesday – October 28
Buffalo at Ohio [ESPNU], 7:00pm ET

Saturday - November 1
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
*Kent State
at Bowling Green
Central Michigan at Indiana
Temple at Navy

Tuesday – November 4
Miami at Buffalo [ESPN2], 7:30pm ET

Wednesday – November 5
Northern Illinois at Ball State [ESPN2 or ESPNU], 8:00pm ET
at Akron [ESPN2 or ESPNU], 8:00PM ET

Saturday - November 8
Illinois at Western Michigan
*Bowling Green
at Ohio

Tuesday – November 11
*Ball State
at Miami [ESPN2], 7:00pm ET

Wednesday – November 12
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois [ESPN2 or ESPN 360], 8:00pm ET
at Kent State, [ESPN2 or ESPN 360], 8:00pm ET

Thursday – November 13
at Akron [ESPNU], 7:00pm

Saturday - November 15
at Western Michigan

Tuesday – November 18
Northern Illinois at Kent State

Wednesday – November 19
*Ball State
at Central Michigan [ESPN2], 7:00pm ET

Friday – November 21
at Toledo
at Bowling Green

Saturday - November 22
at Ohio
Eastern Michigan at Temple

Tuesday - November 25
Navy at
Northern Illinois [ESPN2], 7:00pm ET
Western Michigan at Ball State

Friday - November 28
Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan
*Bowling Green
at Toledo [ESPN Classic or ESPNU]
at Temple
*Kent State
at Buffalo
at Miami [ESPN Classic or ESPNU] 

Friday – December 5
MAC Football Championship Game
Ford Field – Detroit
, [ESPN2] 8:00pm

* denotes conference game

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