PARK RIDGE, Ill.
-- The Big Ten Conference announced today (Tuesday, May 21) that five University of Michigan football games have been chosen during the early selection period for television broadcast. Any of the remaining seven contests may be selected to appear by the networks. Those games can be chosen under the six- and-12-day provisions of their contracts with the Big Ten Conference.
Michigan kicks off the 2002 season on Saturday, Aug. 31, against the Washington Huskies at Michigan Stadium. The 12th meeting between the two schools will be played at noon EDT on ABC Sports. The Wolverines hold a 6-5 advantage in the all-time series and have a 2-1 record at Michigan Stadium.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, the top two programs in college football history will clash at Notre Dame Stadium. The Wolverines and Irish will renew their rivalry in a nationally televised game at 1:30 p.m. EST/CDT (2:30 p.m. EDT) on NBC Sports. Michigan will be meeting Notre Dame, U-M's most common non-conference opponent, for the 30th time. The Wolverines lead the series by a 17-11-1 margin, including a 7-5-1 mark in South Bend, Ind.
The inaugural game between Michigan and Utah has been selected for broadcast by ESPN at 12:10 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Michigan Stadium. This will be the third-ever game for the Wolverines against schools currently playing in the Mountain West Conference, having beaten Rice twice (38-3 on Sept. 11, 1999 and 38-7 on Sept. 9, 2000).
A prime-time battle for the Little Brown Jug will be waged between Michigan and Minnesota on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Minneapolis, Minn. The Wolverines will face the Golden Gophers on ESPN beginning at 6:45 p.m. CST (7:45 p.m. EST) at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. This will be the 91st meeting between the two schools, with Michigan holding a 64-23-3 series edge.
The traditional season-ending battle between Michigan and Ohio State will make its 15th consecutive television appearance on ABC Sports on the final weekend of the regular season. "The Big Game" will be played for the 99th time on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Ohio Stadium beginning at 12:15 EST on ABC. Every game in the series has been televised since 1967, a string of 35 straight contests.
Michigan enters the 2002 football season with a string of 81 straight televised games and is the most televised program in college football history, with 306 appearances.
Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423