MAC to Keep Eight-Game Conference Football Schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

While several power conferences are moving or have already moved to a nine-game conference schedule, one non-power conference has decided to remain at eight.

Per Jeremy Fowler of, the Mid-American Conference will maintain their eight-game football schedule.

Nearly two weeks ago, the SEC announced they were keeping an eight-game conference football schedule with one caveat — each member must play at least one other power conference team each season beginning in 2016.

The MAC probably wouldn’t issue such an edict for non-conference games since most of their members already play one or more power conference teams anyway.

It’s also likely that the Pac-12 coaches won’t lash out against the MAC’s decision seeing as how the two conferences are very different. The MAC likely won’t be jockeying for a spot in the College Football Playoff any time soon.

The MAC currently has 13 football members, but will drop down to 12 when UMass departs after the completion of the 2015 season.

  1. H.I. McDonough
    May 9, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I expect conferences like the MAC and Sun Belt to keep 8 conference games. They need 1-2 power conference away games per season for the $$$.

  2. Nick
    May 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Any word on where UMass is going?

  3. willie
    May 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm


  4. Gary Johnson
    May 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Who said that Willie?

  5. Travis B
    May 9, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Makes sense for the MAC. They will only have 12 teams after UMass is gone. Plus they need more Power teams on their schedule.

    I haven’t heard anything about UMass going to the Sunbelt. Who knows where they will go? My best guess was them eventually going to the American, especially if someone left the American for a better conference.

  6. lost in Va.
    May 10, 2014 at 9:57 am

    UMass (and Idaho) need to swallow their pride and go back to 1-AA…

  7. bwburke94
    May 13, 2014 at 6:15 am

    8 makes sense for the MAC. If they go to 9 and then add a 13th member again, they’d have to go back to 8 anyway…