Western Michigan University football to play its first game against Akron Nov. 4

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WMU Football releases its 2020 schedule Oct. 7, 2020, with the first game set against Akron on Nov. 4. (WWMT/File)

Western Michigan University Broncos football released the six-game conference schedule Wednesday, with the first game set for Nov. 4, 2020.

The Broncos will open up against the Akron Zips, who were 0-12 last season. It will be the 18th meeting all-time between the two schools, and the first since 2017.

The Broncos first game inside Waldo Stadium was scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 11 against MAC West rival Toledo.

Following its tilt with the Rockets, Western Michigan University will travel to Mount Pleasant for a showdown with in-state rival Central Michigan on Wednesday, Nov. 18. It will be the 91st meeting of the “Battle for the Cannon” trophy.

Last season WMU defeated CMU 31-15 inside Waldo Stadium and has won seven of the last nine meetings against the Chippewas. The Broncos were scheduled to play the first Saturday contest on Nov. 28, welcoming west-division foe Northern Illinois.

The 2020 Marathon MAC Football Championship game will be held on Friday, Dec. 18 inside Ford Field.

The Broncos schedule:


  • 4 – at Akron (0-12, 0-8 MAC)
  • 11 – TOLEDO (6-6, 3-5 MAC)
  • 18 – at Central Michigan (8-6, 6-2 MAC)
  • 28 – NORTHERN ILLINOIS (5-7, 4-4 MAC)


  • 5 – EASTERN MICHIGAN (6-7, 3-5 MAC)
  • 12 – at Ball State (5-7, 4-4 MAC)
  • 18 – MAC Championship Game

Television selections and game times would be determined and announced at a later date.

The conference postponed the season due to COVID-19 back in August.

The revival was lingering for over a month until the conference announced the 6-game schedule, meaning all 10 major conferences planned to play this fall.

Big Ten Conference officials announced Sept. 16 that they'll return to the field "with significant medical protocols."

Conference presidents and chancellors voted to resume the football season starting the weekend of Oct. 23-24.