Having gone to a MAC school, before MACtion was a thing (1990-94 Ball State) Saturdays were really split. At Ball State, about 25% of the students gave a darn about Ball State. A very small percentage went to the game with the tickets costing them $0. A lot of students sat in the lounges and watched ND, IU, or anything else that was on tv. BSU was NEVER on TV unless it was local PBS outlet. As an alumni I love seeing my school on ESPN on a Tuesday night occasionally. Makes it must watch tv for me.
Agree that it does take away from the Saturday experience, BUT, it is the right move if the MAC is going to have a chance to compete. They get some TV money and kids get to be on TV. Isn't TV a big recruiting pull? WMU and NU probably benefitted from he TV exposure.
The MAC fanbase is almost entirely inside the B1G footprint. Moving the games to weekdays gives people a chance to watch them, because they aren't watched on Saturdays with B1G football being played.
Also, we should thank the MAC, and the other conferences that show football on non Saturdays. Without that, what are we stuck with? Reality TV?