May 22, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan football team in conjunction with ABC announced today (Tuesday, May 22) kickoff times for the Sept. 1 Cowboys Classic contest against Alabama and the Nov. 24 contest at Ohio State.
The Wolverines will face the defending national champions at 7 p.m. CDT in the season opener at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, while U-M will play the Buckeyes at noon EST in Columbus, Ohio, to close the regular season.
Michigan and Alabama have faced each other three prior times, all in bowl games. U-M defeated Alabama by a 28-24 score in the initial meeting, the 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl held in Tampa Stadium. The Crimson Tide got the better of the Wolverines in the second meeting in Tampa, winning a closely contested 17-14 game in the 1997 Outback Bowl.
The most recent match-up between the two schools came in a classic in the 2000 Orange Bowl. In U-M's first-ever overtime game, the eighth-ranked Wolverines edged the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide, 35-34. Tom Brady completed 34-of-46 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns in the winning effort. In the first overtime session, Brady tossed a 25-yard TD pass to tight end Shawn Thompson, and Hayden Epstein converted the PAT. Alabama then scored but was unable to convert the PAT.
It will mark the 109th meeting between the Wolverines and Buckeyes. Michigan owns a 58-44-6 all-time edge, including last year's 40-34 victory in Ann Arbor.
Six kickoff times on U-M's football schedule have been confirmed for the 2012 season, and the Alabama game marks the third primetime start. The Wolverines will travel to South Bend, Ind., on Sept. 22 to face Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. EDT in a game that will be broadcast by NBC. The Wolverines will make their initial trip to Lincoln, Neb., on Oct. 27 to face Nebraska. The contest against the Cornhuskers will be shown on one of the ESPN platforms at 7 p.m. CDT.
U-M will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., on Oct. 6 for a 4 p.m. EDT, nationally televised game with Purdue on the Big Ten Network before returning home to host Illinois on Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m. EDT in Michigan Stadium for a contest broadcast on ABC.
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