The Michigan Wolverines announced the completion of their 2014 and 2015 nonconference schedules on Wednesday. There are some familiar names on the docket, as well as several that Michigan fans don’t often have a chance to see, in person at least.
The Wolverines will play a home-and-home series with Utah, now a member of the Pac-12. The first game will be held in Ann Arbor on September 20, 2014. In 2015, Michigan will travel to Utah to open the season on Thursday, September 3rd, the first time in school history Michigan will have played on a Thursday night.
The Wolverines also added Oregon State to the 2015 schedule, a game that will be played in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines and Beavers haven’t met on the football field since 1986.
That’s not the only Pac-12 team Michigan will face, either, as they are apparently getting a jump on the Big Ten – Pac -12 scheduling alliance that is set to take place in 2017. Colorado will visit the Big House on September 17th as part of the 2016 schedule.
Maybe the biggest announcement of the afternoon came with the news that Michigan and Notre Dame will take a break from their annual battle during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Michigan and Notre Dame have played 39 times in their history including each of the past 10 seasons. They will continue to play each season leading up to the break in 2018. It’s assumed they will continue to play each other again starting with the 2020 season. Who knows though. By that time, we may be down to two super-conferences and a 64 team playoff so scheduling that far into the future is anything but a sure thing (that was a joke – kind of – by the way).
Here’s a complete look at Michigan’s nonconference schedule for the ’14-’16 seasons:
|Aug. 30th||Appalachian State||Sept. 3 (Thurs)||@Utah||Sept. 3||TBA|
|Sept. 6||@ Notre Dame||Sept. 12||Notre Dame||Sept. 10||@Notre Dame|
|Sept. 13||Miami (OH)||Sept. 19||Oregon State||Sept. 17||Colorado|
|Sept. 20||Utah||Sept. 26||UNLV||Sept. 24||TBA|