Both the Mid-American Conference and Big Ten Conference issued schedules for football games for the upcoming season, which includes listings for Ball State, Indiana and Purdue schedules.
The Mid-American Conference announced an updated version of its 2017 football schedule Wednesday afternoon. This includes game times for the first three weeks of the regular season, several protected dates and midweek games in late October and November.
All six of Ball State’s home contests now have official game times. The home opener on Sept. 9 against UAB will be broadcast on ESPN3 at 3 p.m. The Family Weekend game on Sept. 16 versus Tennessee Tech will also air on ESPN3 and kick at 3 p.m. Ball State’s Homecoming game against Central Michigan on Oct. 21, it’s final Saturday game of the season, is slated for 3 p.m. as well. Television coverage for Homecoming will be announced 12 days prior.
Ball State’s three home weeknight games will all start at 7 p.m. The Cardinals host Toledo on Thursday, Oct. 26, Buffalo on Thursday, Nov. 16 and Miami on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The Toledo game will air either on CBS Sports Network or ESPN3. CBS Sports Network will cover Ball State’s contest versus Buffalo. The regular season finale against Miami will be broadcast on ESPNU or ESPN3.
The 21st Marathon MAC Football Championship game is set for Saturday, Dec. 2 at a time to be determined from Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. This will mark the 14th MAC Championship game at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL and the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four.
Western Kentucky also announced its game time against Ball State today. The Cardinals will take on Western Kentucky on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.
Game time for the contest at Western Michigan (Sept. 30) will be announced 12 days prior to that respective game.
The Big Ten Conference, FOX and ESPN announced a number game times and television platforms for the upcoming 2017 football season.
Purdue’s first game under new head coach Jeff Brohm against Louisville at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sept. 2 will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and shown on FOX. The contest will be Purdue’s first in prime time since squaring off against Notre Dame at LOS in 2014.
The home opener the following Friday against Ohio on Sept. 8 has been tabbed for an 8 p.m. ET kick and is slated to be shown on FS1. The game against the Bobcats will be the first under permanent lights in Ross-Ade Stadium.
The Boilermakers’ Homecoming matchup with Michigan in West Lafayette on Sept. 23 with begin at either 3:30 or 4 p.m. ET with the broadcast partner being announced at a later time. Finally, Purdue’s road contest at Rutgers on Oct. 21, the Scarlet Knights’ Homecoming game, will begin at noon ET with the television listed as TBA.
Indiana also announced its network broadcast for four national games, including 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 at Virginia on the ACC Network, noon on Oct. 14 versus Michigan – a homecoming game – 3:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at Michigan State and Oct. 28 at Maryland. Networks for the MSU and Maryland games have not yet been determined.
Previously announced, the Hoosiers season opener against Ohio State on Thursday, Aug. 31, will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and air on ESPN.
IU will open a campaign against the Buckeyes for the fifth time (1938, 1952-54) and for the first time in Bloomington. Indiana last started the year against a Big Ten foe in 1982, a 30-0 whitewashing of Northwestern on Sept. 11.
The Hoosiers will host the fourth Thursday night game in Memorial Stadium history: Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 3, 2009 (W, 19-13); Towson on Sept. 2, 2010 (W, 51-17) and Indiana State on Aug. 29, 2013 (W, 73-35). IU jumpstarted its 2016 Foster Farms Bowl season with a Thursday evening 34-13 victory at Florida International on Sept. 1.