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Michigan, Utah announce home-and-home

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Following weeks of speculation, Michigan and Utah have formally announced a home-and-home series.

Utah will go on the road first to Ann Arbor in 2014 with the Wolverines returning the favor in 2015 for what will be Michigan’s first-ever Thursday night game.

“A home-and-home series with Michigan is the kind of opportunity that comes with membership in the Pac-12 Conference,” said Utah athletic director Chris Hill. “I greatly appreciate Coach Whittingham’s willingness to add college football’s winningest program to his already difficult 2014 schedule, which will also feature five Pac-12 road games.”

The two squads have met twice before, in 2002 and 2008, and the all-times series is tied at one win a piece. The last meeting in ’08 saw Utah beat Michigan 25-23.

In other Michigan scheduling news, the Wolverines will also host Appalachian State (LOL!!!!) in 2014 and will take a two-year hiatus from the rivalry with Notre Dame in 2018 and ’19.

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14 Responses to “Michigan, Utah announce home-and-home”
  1. ndnut says: Jun 27, 2012 4:07 PM

    Why are they playing Appalachian State again and why aren’t they going to play ND? Answer me Ann Arbor! Answer me!

  2. bertenheim says: Jun 27, 2012 4:14 PM

    Good series.

  3. takingbovadasmoney says: Jun 27, 2012 4:24 PM

    It has been 18 years since Michigan and ND haven’t played. They are due for a break, not like it is a conference game.

  4. thefranchise777 says: Jun 27, 2012 4:34 PM

    If the Irish would man-up and join the Big Ten, we’d love to play them on an annual basis. But until such time, I have no issue with all the Big Ten teams dropping ND from their schedules and playing Pac 12 teams instead.

  5. polegojim says: Jun 27, 2012 4:54 PM

    Utah is a team never to take lightly

    A bit schizo… never know what your gonna get.

    Played tough against USC, Destroyed BYU… but then lost to Colorado.

  6. polegojim says: Jun 27, 2012 4:57 PM

    The UM ‘pass’ on ND is a message… stop wasting our time.

  7. joshuavkidd says: Jun 27, 2012 4:59 PM

    MSU, UM, Purdue can all dump ND for all i care… they are not worth the trouble any more.

  8. djeg07 says: Jun 27, 2012 5:23 PM

    Might be a reason to hold-up series until ND joins a conference. BTW when is the NBC contract up?

  9. parkcityute says: Jun 27, 2012 5:47 PM

    This is great news! I can see Michigan play my Utes!

    I only hope the real Ute team shows up. This indeed is great news for all Utes’ fans!

  10. sparty0n says: Jun 27, 2012 5:47 PM

    Here’s hoping the Utes win both games!

  11. frug says: Jun 27, 2012 5:49 PM

    @djeg07
    2015 I believe.

    @joshyavkidd
    Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the UM-ND series went away within the next 10 years. Michigan’s athletic director said last year the school was no longer going to play any more OOC road games except for ND, but the adoption of the PAC scheduling alliance put the kibosh on that. If Michigan is serious about collecting home games the ND series could be in trouble.

    Purdue, on the other hand, will never dump ND. It is far and away their most valuable game and unlike Michigan, who can schedule whomever they want, Purdue doesn’t have the pull to replace ND with a similar opponent.

    MSU is the trickiest to predict. They don’t have the cache that Michigan does but they are decent brand and can schedule big name opponents (they have series with Oregon, Alabama and Miami coming in the next few years).

  12. jaggedmark says: Jun 27, 2012 6:33 PM

    Why are they playing Appalachian State again and why aren’t they going to play ND? Answer me Ann Arbor! Answer me!
    ——————————————————-
    A) Because Michigan is bored with beating Notre Dame every year.

    B) Appalachian State puts up a better fight.

  13. kupski says: Jun 28, 2012 10:50 AM

    I see the T-Shirt stained ,Gravy sucking pig also know as Brady “Hoax” is pulling away from N.D. and putting those “always threatening” powerhouses on the Michigan schedule ( Oh I can just hear the U.M. Alumni on this Freshmen stunt). This fat bastard is more of a complete failure than his predecessor Lloyd Carr!

    He feels Urban on the back of his neck………breathing…………waiting……

    What a better way to guarantee that your poor coaching and talent can get a “lock” in the bowl hunt better than scheduling teams that really are never in the heat of the national rankings at the end of the year on a continuum.

    W.T.G fat pig !

    Coming soon to an unemployment line near you “Brady Hoke” !!!

  14. magoopaintrock says: Jun 28, 2012 2:38 PM

    Michigan is to ND as Utah is to BYU. Funny how ND and BYU are now scheduling eachother too.

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