U-M Football: Michigan announces changes to 2020 and 2021 schedules


The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced today (Thursday, March 29) changes to its future football schedules for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

The home-and-home series with Virginia Tech scheduled for the 2020 and 2021 seasons has been terminated, with potential future dates to be discussed at a later date; Michigan has agreed to pay VT a $375,000 cancellation fee. The two programs were set to meet in Ann Arbor on Sept. 19, 2020, and in Blacksburg on Sept. 11, 2021.

The game with the University of Washington will move up a week in the 2021 schedule. The Wolverines and Huskies will square off at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 11, 2021, instead of the previously announced date of Sept. 18. The two schools will open the 2020 season against each other on Sept. 5 at Huskies Stadium in Seattle.

Michigan will face Arkansas State on Sept. 19, 2020, at Michigan Stadium. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools in football.

Following are the adjusted schedules for the 2020 and 2021 football seasons:


Sept. 5          at Washington

Sept. 12        BALL STATE

Sept. 19        ARKANSAS STATE

Sept. 26        WISCONSIN*

Oct. 3            PENN STATE*

Oct. 10          at Michigan State*

Oct. 17          at Minnesota*

Oct. 24          PURDUE* (HC)

Oct. 31          Bye Week

Nov. 7           MARYLAND*

Nov. 14         at Rutgers*

Nov. 21         INDIANA*

Nov. 28         at Ohio State*

Dec. 5            Big Ten Championship Game



Sept. 4          TBD

Sept. 11        WASHINGTON

Sept. 18        TBD

Sept. 25        RUTGERS* (HC)

Oct. 2            at Wisconsin*

Oct. 9            at Indiana*

Oct. 16          MICHIGAN STATE*

Oct. 23          Bye Week

Oct. 30          at Nebraska*

Nov. 6           NORTHWESTERN*

Nov. 13         at Penn State*

Nov. 20         at Maryland*

Nov. 27         OHIO STATE*

Dec. 4    Big Ten Championship Game

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  • We traded home/home with Virginia Tech for Arkansas State and TBD? I couldn’t be more disappointed. App State wasn’t available?

  • RIch. Look at the games the following the Sept 19th weekend in 2020. Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State. No intelligent coach or athletic director would choose to play Washington, VT, Wisconsin, Penn State, and MIchigan State all within the first six weeks of the season! You certainly would never see Dabo or Saban sign up to that type of schedule. That’s a suicide run. With Washington already on the schedule – the non-conference schedule is strong enough for the College Football Committee. Michigan is just taking a page out of the book of the SEC and ACC. It’s a very intentional and non-fatal “watering down” of the opponents to get more W’s on the ledger. The CFP Committee has shown a lot less tolerance for losses than it has for weaker strength of schedule. It’s the only conclusion to draw given VT did not back out and Michigan is actually paying a cancellation penalty!

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