With UMass joining the league, the MAC announced a new divisional alignment in football beginning with the 2012 season. UMass will compete in the East Division, with Bowling Green moving to the MAC West Division.
MAC East: Akron, Buffalo, Kent State, UMass, Miami, Ohio and Temple.
MAC West: Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan.
“Ever since our announcement of the addition of UMass in football last spring, divisional alignment has been a topic of conversation among our Presidents and Directors of Athletics,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, MAC commissioner. “We considered a number of different paradigms and ultimately we focused on the core principles of geography, travel and rivalries. We now have a true rotational cycle for football and a scheduling model that will extend for future years.”
Each team will play an eight-game conference schedule, with six divisional games and two non-divisional cross-over games.
UMass will begin conference play in 2012 and will be eligible for the conference football championship game and a bowl game beginning in the 2013 football season.