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MAC and rice are on the midweek menu for college football on TV.

The Mid-America Conference takes center stage in its familiar Tuesday/Wednesday place. BCS No. 16 Northern Illinois (10-0) can’t garner much national respect, but it can lock down a berth in the MAC title game with a win.

Rice visits Legion Field on Thursday when the UAB Blazers try to redeem their season with a couple of wins down the stretch. Fox Sports 1 will televise that game.

It’s been a rough season for the Blazers, so what could make it worse? Displaying empty seats on national TV. So UAB has asked its fans to sit on the east side of the stadium — the side the cameras shoot toward.

“We are hopeful of a good turnout for the Rice game,” said UAB Athletics Director Brian Mackin in a statement. “With the television broadcast of the game, we want to fill the east side of the stadium and are asking our fans to assist in this effort by sitting on the east side of Legion Field. It is our intent to present a positive image to all the viewers who will be watching that night.

“Moving our team to the east side will allow our fans to continue to sit behind our bench to support our players and coaches,” said Mackin. “The move will also allow us to have both benches on the same side of the field as the teams’ locker rooms.”

Also Thursday, BCS No. 18 Central Florida (8-1) faces Rutgers in a joust of Knights.

Here’s your lineup. All times Central.

Tuesday: Buffalo at Miami, Ohio, 7 p.m., ESPNU
Kent State at Ohio, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Wednesday: Northern Illinois at Toledo, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Thursday: Rice at UAB, 6:30 p.m., FS1
Rutgers at UCF, 6:30 p.m., ESPN
UNLV at Air Force, 8:30 p.m., ESPNU
Friday: Navy at San Jose State, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2

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