Thursday, May 9, 2013
Michigan adds series with Virginia Tech
By Adam Rittenberg
If you enjoyed the 2012 Sugar Bowl between Michigan and Virginia Tech, you'll be happy with today's news.
The Wolverines and Hokies have agreed to a home-and-home series for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Michigan will host Virginia Tech on Sept. 19, 2020, and visit Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 11, 2021. The teams hadn't played before their bowl matchup in New Orleans on Jan. 3, 2012, which Michigan won in overtime behind kicker Brendan Gibbons and his thoughts of brunette girls.
This is all part of the Big Ten's league-wide scheduling push to play top nonconference games in the College Football Playoff era. The league wants each team to play one major-conference foe every year and no more games against FCS opponents.
Michigan already has a series against Arkansas scheduled for 2018 (home) and 2019 (road). The Wolverines also will host Cincinnati in 2017.
There's a lot to like about this series, although it will be interesting to see where the two programs are by 2020. Will Frank Beamer still be coaching the Hokies? It seems unlikely, but you never know.
Michigan fans who haven't been to Lane Stadium before should start making plans. It's one of the best settings in all of college football.