Michigan opens the season on Saturday, September 4 with a noon kickoff against West Michigan on ESPN. The Wolverines hold a 7-0 advantage in the series, with every game played at Michigan Stadium. Wolverines beat WMU in the last meeting by a score of 49-3 in the 2018 home opener (September 8).
After a prime-time game with Washington (September 11), Michigan will host northern Illinois at noon on Big Ten Network (September 18). It will be the Wolverines-Huskies’ second meeting, with Michigan claiming a 33-17 victory in the 2005 season in the only previous meeting.
The Wolverines will begin the Big Ten season against Rutgers at 3:30 p.m. from the Big House on September 25. UM has won the last six meetings between two of college football’s oldest programs, including last season’s triple-overtime deal in Piscataway, NJ (48-42). This will be the second time Rutgers have been Michigan’s second-leg opponent; UM beat RU by a score of 35-14 in 2017.
With today’s announcement, five of the Wolverines’ seven home games have received a designated start time. The Northwest Game on October 23, the first played for the George Jewett Trophy, and the Indiana game on November 6 are the only home games remaining pending an hour of play and a designation of television network.
Here are the announced game times and TV networks:
September 4 – vs. Western Michigan, noon (ESPN)
11 septembre – vs Washington, 19h30 (ABC)
September 18 – vs. Northern Illinois, noon (BTN)
September 25 – vs Rutgers, 3:30 p.m. (TV TBD)
Nov 27 – vs. Ohio State, noon (FOX)
The Michigan box office will have on-sale periods for ticket packs (June 21-24) and individual games (July 13-16). More details will be forthcoming regarding ticket packs and individual ticket sales.