Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Utah, Colorado set to play Michigan
By Ted Miller
The newest Pac-12 members are bringing Michigan to town.
Both Utah and Colorado announced Wednesday that they will play the Wolverines.
The Utes will play host to Michigan in Rice-Eccles Stadium in the 2015 season opener as a part of a home-and-home series that begins with a 2014 game in Ann Arbor. Michigan will make its first Salt Lake City appearance on Sept. 3, 2015 in a rare weekday game for the Wolverines, who have never played on a Thursday. The first game of the series is scheduled for Sept. 20, 2014 in Michigan Stadium.
Meanwhile, Colorado will play in Ann Arbor on Sept. 17, 2016.
Neither game is a part of the new Pac-12-Big Ten alliance, which is expected to begin in 2017.
Both teams have played Michigan before. The Wolverines lead the series with Colorado 3-1, but the Buffaloes' 27-26 win in Ann Arbor in 1994 featured a spectacular ending, with Kordell Stewart and Michael Westbrook, via a Blake Anderson tip, hooking up on a 64-yard game-winning touchdown as time expired.
As for Utah, the 2015 game will mark the second time the two teams have opened their season against each other. Michigan was the first victory in Utah's 13-0 2008 season -- a 25-23 win -- one that concluded with a win against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and a No. 2 national ranking. The Utes are 1-1 overall against the Wolverines, losing 10-7 in 2002.
Michigan will be just the second Big Ten foe to make a trip to Salt Lake City. The Utes beat Indiana 40-13 in 2002.
"A home-and-home series with Michigan is the kind of opportunity that comes with membership in the Pac-12 Conference," Utah athletic director Chris Hill said in a statement. "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."
Colorado also announced a game with Grambling State that will bring the Tigers and their legendary marching band to Boulder on Sept. 26, 2015.