The Mid-American Conference has announced the 2014 football schedule. Highlighting the Ball State portion of the slate will be the Oct. 11, Homecoming Game vs. Western Michigan and three weekday November games on the ESPN family of networks.
Ball State will appear on ESPN2 or ESPNU Nov. 5 vs. Northern Illinois and Nov. 12 at Massachusetts and on ESPNU or ESPN3 Nov. 28 at Bowling Green. The Cardinals’ contests are three of a total of 14 MAC games on the ESPN family of networks.
“We are excited to once again feature six home games at Scheumann Stadium,” Ball State head coach Pete Lembo says. “A balanced slate is one of our primary goals when formulating a schedule for each season. The Mid-American Conference opponents we face from the West Division are always a big challenge on a yearly basis. The crossover games from the MAC East promise to be equally formidable tests for our program next fall.”
The Cardinals will open MAC play Sept. 20 at Toledo and end the regular season Nov. 28 at Bowling Green. In between, Ball State will host Western Michigan, Akron, Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan.
The regular season will conclude with the 17th Marathon MAC Football Championship Game Friday, Dec. 5, at Ford Field in Detroit on ESPN2. This will mark the 11th Marathon MAC Football Championship Game at Ford Field, home of the National Football League’s Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL and the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four.
The MAC is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of 10 members of the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and Ohio.
Ball State's complete 2014 football schedule:
Sat., Aug. 30 - COLGATE
Sat., Sept. 6 - at Iowa
Sat., Sept. 13 - INDIANA STATE
Sat., Sept. 20 - at Toledo *
Sat., Oct. 4 - at Army
Sat., Oct. 11 - WESTERN MICHIGAN *
Sat., Oct. 18 - at Central Michigan *
Sat., Oct. 25 - AKRON *
Wed., Nov. 5 - NORTHERN ILLINOIS * (8:00) -- ESPN2/ESPNU
Wed., Nov. 12 - at Massachusetts * (8:00) -- ESPN2/ESPNU
Sat., Nov. 22 - EASTERN MICHIGAN *
Fri., Nov. 28 - at Bowling Green * -- ESPNU/ESPN3
* Denotes Mid-American Conference Games
NOTE: Home Games in BOLD and ALL CAPS