The presidents of the MAC met up on Thursday (thrice!) and came away with… nothing yet.
DELAY, DELAY, DELAY
The MAC is the last FBS league to not have a formal decision on what the football schedule will look like in 2020. The Power 5 leagues have all made their decisions, and only the Big XII and ACC are allowing their schools to have a singular non-conference game each in 2020.
The Big XII hasn’t announced any finalized schedules (or a start date) yet, but three MAC teams are set to keep ACC teams on their schedules: Ohio at Boston College, Miami at Pittsburgh, and — technically! — Western Michigan at Notre Dame.
Since Group of 5 programs have been more significantly financially crippled by the coronavirus pandemic than those in the Power 5, watching the divide dig deeper between the two in real time with these 2020 schedule releases is startling.
The Mid-American Conference didn’t expect the Big Ten’s announcement to go conference-only for the upcoming football season to happen as quickly as it did, and it makes sense to wait until the last minute to make a decision on what schools are supposed to do here.
Eight MAC games and up to four non-league games? Maybe only up to 10 total games? No football in the fall at all? Start on time? Start late? What dates will Ford Field let the MAC have its facility for the championship game?
Those answers were expected to be answered on Thursday. They were not, and now the MAC gets to have all of College Football’s attention on a Saturday.