MAC composite schedule.
CLEVELAND, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) — The Mid-American Conference has announced game schedules and televised selections for eight Eastern Michigan University football games during the 2022 season. Among those games are three home games against Central Michigan, Eastern Kentucky and UMass, plus five away games at Akron, Arizona State, Ball State, Kent State and Louisiana. All remaining kicking times and television appearances will be announced 12 days prior to scheduled matches.
Since the start of the 2008 campaign, Eastern Michigan has appeared in 133 televised games. A total of 93 of these small screen appearances were on the ESPN family of networks (45 ESPN3, 18 ESPN+, 9 ESPNU, 5 ESPN Regional, 5 ESPN2, 4 SEC Network, 4 ESPN, 1 ESPNews, 1 ESPN Classic, and 1 ABC). Eastern also appeared in 13 nationally televised matches on CBS Sports Network.
The 2022 schedule features six home games for the 10th time since the turn of the century. Of the six games inside “The Factory” at Rynearson Stadium, five will be played before the end of October. Additionally, Eastern will defend the gray turf for four out of six games between September 24 and October 29.
Passes are on sale at EMUEagles.com/tickets, by calling 734.487.3669 or by visiting the EMU ticket office. Eastern Michigan continues to offer the Ultimate Fan Season ticket plan for just $144. This package includes a wide backrest with armrests on the 50-yard line as well as VIP season parking. Seat season tickets are $108 and include a seat in reserved sections 104-109. Reserved season tickets are only $99 (reserved sections 104-109), while general admission season tickets are $75 (sections 110-114 and visitor side).
Eastern kicks off the year Friday, September 2 at 7 p.m. on the gray turf of “The Factory” against Eastern Kentucky. ESPN3 will feature the Labor Day weekend affair. This is the first meeting against EKU since 1971, when the teams combined for the rare 0-0 draw on Homecoming. Additionally, this will also be the first college football game in Michigan State for one of the five teams in the state’s Football Bowl subdivision.
From there, the Eagles travel to the bayou to fight defending conference champion Sun Belt, Louisiana on Sept. 10. The 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) game against the Ragin’ Cajuns will air on a network yet to be determined.
Eastern stays on the road with a trip to Tempe, Ariz., to face Arizona State on Sept. 17. For channel availability, visit Pac-12.com/GetPac-12Networks or contact your local TV provider. In the Ypsilanti area, the game will be broadcast on Xfinity channel 1329 or DISH Network 406.
Eastern Michigan opens its 47th MAC season at home against Buffalo on Saturday, September 24. It’s only the third time the Eagles and Bulls have lifted the lid on the conference slate, the pair split the two previous events in 2004 (EMU, 37-34) and 2018 (UB, 35-28) .
The non-conference schedule ends Saturday, October 1 with a second home game against Massachusetts. The 2 p.m. will serve as a return contest to EMU. Previously a member of the MAC, the Minutemen last traveled to Ypsilanti in 2015. Last season at Amherst, the Eagles racked up more than 500 total offensive yards en route to a 42-28 win.
Michigan’s MAC Trophy battle begins Saturday, October 8, as the East heads west on I-94 to take on West Michigan. EMU have beaten Western in the last trio of fixtures, including a 22-21 win from behind last season to earn their seventh victory of the year. The Green and White will be looking to make history as they have never beaten the Broncos in four consecutive seasons.
Northern Illinois invade Rynearson Stadium on Saturday, October 15, before the Eagles head to Muncie, Indiana, to take on Ball State on Saturday, October 22. Programs have won the last two MAC Championships, as Eastern seek to bring home their first league title since the 1987 campaign.
The Saturday contest slate ends on October 29 when Toledo crosses the border. Last season, Eastern Michigan fought back from a four-point halftime deficit to defeat the Rockets, 52-49, in the Glass Bowl. It was the program’s first home-field victory for the Rocket since the 1999 season.
The program switches to the bright lights of national television and midweek affairs for the final three games.
Grade 9 Head Coach Chris Creighton and his team will face Akron on Tuesday, November 8. The contest will start at 7 or 7:30 p.m. ET and will be shown on ESPN2, ESPNU or CBS Sports Network. Another trip to northeast Ohio to tangle with defending MAC East Division champion Kent State on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Once again, the contest will air on ESPN2, ESPNU, or CBS Sports Network at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., or 8 p.m. ET.
The regular season ends on “Black Friday” against Central Michigan, Nov. 25 at 12 p.m. East and Center will meet on the gridiron for the 100th time in history between the two schedules. The EMU-CMU series is the oldest rivalry between two MAC schools. The nation will have a chance to see the case on ESPNU or CBSSN.
Game 26 of the Rocket Mortgage MAC Football Championship will once again take place in downtown Detroit on Saturday, December 3 at noon. This will be the MAC’s 19th championship football game at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL and the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four.
EMU staged another impressive season in 2021, adding to the success that has defined the past eight years. Eastern (7-6) notched a game-winning record, the third under Creighton; Prior to Creighton’s arrival, Eastern hadn’t had a winning record since the 1989 season.
The Eagles also played their fourth bowl game in the previous six seasons when they faced Liberty in the LendingTree Bowl on Dec. 18 in Mobile, Ala. Prior to 2016, Eastern had only reached bowl eligibility twice in its history and earned the opportunity to play in a playoff bowl only once (1987 California Bowl).
The 2022 Football Kickoff Celebration and MAC Media Days are scheduled for July 25-26 in Cleveland, Ohio.
2022 UEM Football Schedule
Friday, Sept. 2 KENTUCKY EST – 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3/WEMU/Varsity Network)
Saturday, Sept. 10 in Louisiana – 7 p.m. ET (TBA/WEMU/Varsity Network)
Saturday, September 17 at Arizona State – 11 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network/WEMU/Varsity Network)
Saturday September 24 BUFFALO* – TBA (TV 12 days/WEMU/Varsity Network selection)
Saturday, October 1 MASSACHUSETTS – 2 p.m. ET (12-Day TV Selection/WEMU/Varsity Network)
Saturday, October 8 at Western Michigan* – TBA (12 Day TV Selection/WEMU/Varsity Network)
Saturday, October 15 NORTHERN ILLINOIS*- TBA (12-Day TV Selection/WEMU/Varsity Network)
Saturday, Oct. 22 at Ball State* – 2 p.m. ET (12-Day TV Selection/WEMU/Varsity Network)
Saturday, October 29 TOLEDO* – TBA (12-day/WEMU/Varsity Network TV selection)
Tuesday, Nov. 8 in Akron* – 7/7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN/WEMU/Varsity Network)
Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Kent State* – 7/6/8 p.m. ET (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN/WEMU/Varsity Network)
Friday, Nov. 25 CENTRAL MICHIGAN* – 12 p.m. ET (ESPNU/CBSSN/WEMU/Varsity Network)
Saturday, December 3 at MAC Championship – 12 p.m. (ESPN/WEMU/Varsity Network)
*Mid-American conference game; All home games in BOLD CAPITALS; All times are subject to change