ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced Friday (Jan. 11) the addition of four non-conference opponents to its future football schedules for the 2021-23 seasons.
The Wolverines will continue their tradition of playing schools from the Mid-American Conference, hosting Western Michigan University and the University of Northern Illinois during the 2021 season and Bowling Green State University in 2023. In addition, the Wolverines have added Colorado State to an open date on the 2022 schedule.
The Western Michigan Broncos will return to the Big House for a season-opening match-up with the Wolverines on Sept. 4, 2021. Michigan has faced and hosted the cross-state institution on seven occasions, winning all seven match-ups. The most recent contest was a 49-3 victory for the Wolverines this past fall.
Michigan will close out the non-conference portion of its 2021 schedule against Northern Illinois on Sept. 18. The Michigan Stadium battle with the Huskies will be the second-ever meeting between the two programs; U-M was victorious in the only previous meeting, a 33-17 win in 2005.
The Colorado State Rams will make their initial visit to Ann Arbor for a Sept. 3, 2022 match-up with the Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. The first-ever game between the two schools came during the bowl season, a 24-14 victory for Michigan in the 1994 Holiday Bowl.
In 2023, the Bowling Green State Falcons will travel north to Ann Arbor for a match-up with the Wolverines on Sept. 16. This will be the third meeting between the two teams, with Michigan having defeated Bowling Green in 2000 and 2010 at the Big House.
Following are the dates of the four home games during the 2021, 2022 and 2023 football seasons:
Sept. 4, 2021 – Western Michigan
Sept. 18, 2021 – Northern Illinois
Sept. 3, 2022 – Colorado State
Sept. 16, 2023 – Bowling Green