Phil Steele Blog • April 7, 2017

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MAC 2017 Schedules.

The MAC announced the release for their 2017 schedules. Here are some notes from the release for the 2017 season.

The regular season will conclude with the 21st Marathon MAC Football Championship game at a date to be determined from Ford Field in Detroit.  This will mark the 14th Marathon MAC Football Championship game at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL, and the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four.
For the 10th year in a row, league schools will face a formidable non-conference slate of opponents from the following Football Bowl Subdivision conferences – ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and Notre Dame. In addition, the Conference will also face opponents from the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mountain West Conference, Sun Belt Conference and Independent Army.  

Last year’s MAC champion Western Michigan was ranked No. 15 in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll.  MAC programs will face six non-conference foes that finished in the final AP Top 25 poll: Clemson (1), USC (3), Penn State (7), Miami (20), Louisville (21) and San Diego State (25).

A total of nine non-conference games will feature a Big Ten opponent (Illinois; Michigan State (2); Minnesota; Nebraska; Northwestern; Penn State; Purdue; Rutgers). The MAC will face foes from the ACC (6—Boston College (2), Clemson, Louisville, Miami, Syracuse), SEC (1—Kentucky), Pac-12 (1-USC), Big 12 (3—Iowa State; Kansas (2)); and Independent Notre Dame and Army (2).

The MAC will also face opponents from the American Athletic Conference (2— Cincinnati, Tulsa), Mountain West (2—Nevada, San Diego State), Conference USA (7—Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Marshall (2), Middle Tennessee, UAB, Western Kentucky) and Sun Belt Conference (2—Idaho, Troy).

9/2 at Penn St 9/2 at Illinois 9/2 at Michigan St
9/9 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 9/9 UAB 9/9 South Dakota
9/16 Iowa St 9/16 Tennessee Tech 9/16 at Northwestern
9/23 at Troy 9/23 at WKU 9/23 at Middle Tennessee
9/30 Bowling Green 9/30 at Western Michigan 9/30 Akron
10/7 Ball St 10/7 at Akron 10/7 at Miami, Oh
10/14 at Western Michigan 10/14 Open 10/14 Ohio
10/21 at Toledo 10/21 Central Michigan 10/21 Northern Illinois
10/28 Buffalo 10/26 Toledo (Thur) 10/31 at Kent St (Tues)
11/7 at Miami, Oh (Tues) 11/2 at Eastern Michigan (Thur) 11/7 at Buffalo (Tues)
11/14 Ohio (Tues) 11/9 at Northern Illinois (Thur) 11/11 Open
11/21 Kent St (Tues) 11/16 Buffalo (Thur) 11/15 Toledo (Wed)
11/25   11/21 Miami, Oh (Tue) 11/21 at Eastern Michigan (Tues)
12/2     12/2     12/2    
8/31 at Minnesota (Thur) 8/31 Rhode Island (Thur) 9/1 Charlotte (Fri)
9/9 at Army 9/9 at Kansas 9/9 at Rutgers
9/16 Colgate 9/16 at Syracuse 9/16 Open
9/23 Florida Atlantic 9/23 Miami, Oh 9/23 Ohio
9/30 at Kent St 9/30 at Boston College 9/30 at Kentucky
10/7 Western Michigan 10/7 at Ohio 10/7 at Toledo
10/14 Northern Illinois 10/14 Toledo (HC) 10/14 at Army
10/21 at Miami, Oh 10/21 at Ball St 10/21 Western Michigan (HC)
10/28 at Akron 10/28 Open 10/26 at Northern Illinois (Thur)
11/7 Bowling Green (Tue) 11/1 at Western Michigan (Wed) 11/2 Ball St (Thur)
11/11 Open 11/8 Eastern Michigan (Wed) 11/8 at Central Michigan (Wed)
11/16 at Ball St (Thur) 11/14 at Kent St (Tue) 11/15 at Miami, Oh (Wed)
11/24 Ohio (Fri) 11/24 Northern Illinois (Fri) 11/21 Bowling Green (Tue)
41609     12/2     12/2    
9/2 at Clemson 9/2 at Marshall 9/1 Boston College (Fri)
9/9 Howard 9/9 Austin Peay 9/9