The Mid-American Conference has announced the 2013 football schedule, which is highlighted by 13 midweek nationally televised games during the month of November on ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3. The 13 midweek games represent an increase of five national television games from last season.
In addition, Ball State has announced its Oct. 12, game vs. Kent State will serve as the school's Homecoming contest.
Ball State will host Central Michigan Wed., Nov. 6, in an 8 p.m. game on ESPN2. In addition, the Cardinals will play at Northern Illinois Wed., Nov. 13, in a contest to be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. Ball State will also host Miami University Fri., Nov. 29, in a possible ESPNU game.
"We are looking forward to a very challenging schedule in 2013, beginning with a very talented Illinois State team coming to Scheumann Stadium to kick off the season," Ball State head coach Pete Lembo says. "I was impressed with how the Redbirds handled Eastern Michigan last year and defeated Appalachian State on the road in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs."
For the sixth 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 and SEC. In addition, the conference will also face opponents from the Big East, Conference USA, Mountain West, Sun Belt and Independents--Army and Navy.
"The MAC West is always a gauntlet and our crossover games include a Kent State team coming off an 11-win season," Lembo says. "North Texas has made a huge investment in its football program and recently opened a state-of-the-art stadium. We have a large alumni base in the Washington, D.C., area and hopefully many will make the short trip to Charlottesville to see us in action at Virginia."
The 2013 regular season will also once again feature an over-the-air syndication package produced and distributed by ESPN Regional Television. These syndicated games can also be seen on ESPN Game Plan, ESPN Plus and ESPN3. An updated release of the MAC 2013 football schedule will be released later this spring with kick times and a full television schedule.
The regular season will conclude with the 16th Marathon MAC Football Championship game Friday, Dec. 6, at Ford Field in Detroit on ESPN2. This will mark the 10th Marathon MAC Football Championship game at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL, and the 2009 NCAA Men's Final Four.
Ball State's complete 2013 football schedule is as follows:
Aug. 29 Illinois State
Sept. 7 Army
Sept. 14 at North Texas
Sept. 21 at Eastern Michigan *
Sept. 28 Toledo *
Oct. 5 at Virginia
Oct. 12 Kent State * HOMECOMING
Oct. 19 at Western Michigan *
Oct. 26 at Akron *
Nov. 6 Central Michigan (8:00) - ESPN2 *
Nov. 13 at Northern Illinois - ESPN2/ESPNU *#
Nov. 29 Miami Univeristy - ESPNU/ESPN3 *#
#ESPN Multiple-Game Selection Date (an ESPN weekday multiple-game selection date will be announced 12 days prior to the listed date. One (1) game will be selected by each ESPN service listed).