ESPN announced 18 midweek college football games for the 2013 season, all involving the Mid-American Conference or Sun Belt Conference, for coverage across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. Additional games will be announced in the coming months.
All of the pre-season selections are for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Select games will have network designation, day and time determined on a six or 12-day basis from the date of that game.
ESPN2 and ESPNU will showcase multiple games involving the participants in last year’s MAC championship game. Defending conference champion Northern Illinois will be featured three times, highlighted by games against West Division rivals Ball State (Wed, Nov. 13) and Toledo (Wed, Nov. 20), both of which finished 2012 with a 9-4 record. Kent State, with an 8-0 conference record last year, will play in consecutive midweek games: against Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and at Ohio on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
ESPN2 will also televise the 16th annual MAC Football Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m.
Defending Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State will play in two midweek games, including a matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette on October 22 or 23. Louisiana-Lafayette, the second place team in the Sun Belt in 2012, finished with a 6-2 record against conference opponents, with one of the losses coming to Arkansas State.
2013 MAC and Sun Belt Schedule as of March 1 (additional selections will be announced):
|Thu, Sept 12||TBD||Troy at Arkansas State||ESPNU|
|Thu, Oct 3||TBD||Western Kentucky at Louisiana-Monroe||ESPNU|
|Tue, Oct 15 or Wed, Oct 16||TBD||Louisiana-Lafayette at Western Kentucky||ESPN or ESPN2|
|Tue, Oct 22 or Wed, Oct 23||TBD||Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas State||ESPN or ESPN2|
|Thu, Oct 31||TBD||Louisiana-Monroe at Troy||ESPNU|
|Tue, Nov 5||8 p.m.||Bowling Green at Miami (Ohio)||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|8 p.m.||Ohio at Buffalo||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|Wed, Nov 6||8 p.m.||Central Michigan at Ball State||ESPN2|
|Thu, Nov 7||TBD||Troy at Louisiana-Lafayette||ESPNU|
|Tue, Nov 12||TBD||Ohio at Bowling Green||ESPNU or ESPN3|
|TBD||Buffalo at Toledo||ESPNU or ESPN3|
|Wed, Nov 13||TBD||Ball State at Northern Illinois||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|TBD||Miami (Ohio) at Kent State||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|Tue, Nov 19||TBD||Kent State at Ohio||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|TBD||Buffalo at Miami (Ohio)||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|Wed, Nov 20||8 p.m.||Northern Illinois at Toledo||ESPN2|
|Tue, Nov 26||7 p.m.||Western Michigan at Northern Illinois||ESPN2|
|Fri, Dec 6||8 p.m.||Marathon MAC Championship Game (from Detroit)||ESPN2|