The Mid-American Conference (MAC) has announced league football opponents for the 2024-26 seasons, introducing a new scheduling model that eliminates the MAC East and West Divisions. Under this model, the top two teams by conference winning percentage will compete in the MAC Football Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. Each team will face all 11 conference opponents home and away at least once during a three-year cycle, with protected opponents based on geographic location and rivalries. The MAC's full 2024 schedule will be released at the end of February, and ticket and promotional information for the upcoming season will be announced later.

By the Numbers
  • 38 scholarship student-athletes added, with 22 already enrolled in classes
  • 2023 EMU football team earned a bowl berth for the third consecutive season, a program first
  • Top 35 ranking in several team categories for the 2023 season
State of Play
  • EMU will host Buffalo, Central Michigan, Miami, and Toledo in 2024, with away games including Akron, Kent State, Ohio, and Western Michigan
  • In 2025, Bowling Green, Kent State, Northern Illinois, and Western Michigan will visit Ypsilanti, with away games at Ball State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, and Toledo
  • In 2026, Akron, Ball State, Central Michigan, and Ohio will travel to Rynearson Stadium, while EMU will have away games at Bowling Green, Miami, Northern Illinois, and Western Michigan
What's Next

Anticipation for the fall is high following a strong recruiting class, as EMU begins offseason workouts and looks ahead to spring practice starting in March.

Bottom Line

The MAC's new football scheduling model and EMU's strong recruiting class set the stage for an exciting future, with the 2023 team's accomplishments providing a solid foundation for the upcoming seasons.