Michigan adds BYU, Arkansas, others
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Dropped from Notre Dame's schedule after the 2014 season, Michigan found another independent school to replace the Irish for 2015.
Bennett: Here's To Future Days
The most notable nugget in Michigan's scheduling announcement is a home-and-home series (season openers, both) against Arkansas later this decade, writes Brian Bennett. Blog
BYU has been added to the Wolverines' schedule that year. The schools have met only once but famously, at least as far as the Cougars are concerned. BYU beat Michigan in the 1984 Holiday Bowl to cap an undefeated season en route to winning the national championship.
Michigan announced more of its post-Notre Dame plans on Tuesday, with three home games for 2016 and a home-and-home series with Arkansas of the Southeastern Conference in 2018 and 2019. Michigan and Arkansas have met only once, in the CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 1998. The Wolverines won 45-31.
The Razorbacks will visit Ann Arbor for the first time on Sept. 1, 2018. The Wolverines will make the return trip to Fayetteville on Aug. 31, 2019. Previously, Michigan and Notre Dame had been scheduled to take those two seasons off.
Michigan initially had the Irish on its 2015 and 2016 schedules, but Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick called an end to the series, at least temporarily, after the 2014 season. He had to make this decision before this season's Michigan-Notre Dame game for the 2014 game to be the final one for the time being, according to the contract signed by both schools.
In 2016, Michigan adds Hawaii, Ball State and Miami (Ohio) to its previously scheduled game against Colorado. All four will be played in Ann Arbor.
Michigan will leave Ann Arbor just once for its non-Big Ten games in 2015 and '16 -- a previously announced season-opening game against Utah on Sept. 3, 2015. After that game, Michigan plays Pac-12 foe Oregon State, UNLV and BYU at home.
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