Non-Conference Tilts, Ohio State Game Selected for TV

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference announced today (Wednesday, June 23) that four University of Michigan football games, including all three non-conference matchups, 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.

Michigan begins its 125th season of gridiron action on Saturday, Sept. 4, against Miami (Ohio) at Michigan Stadium. The fourth meeting between the Wolverines and RedHawks will be played at noon EDT on ABC Sports.

The winningest programs in college football history, U-M and Notre Dame, will clash in a nationally televised game on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Notre Dame Stadium. The Wolverines make their 15th visit to South Bend to face the Irish at 2:30 p.m. EST/CDT (3:30 p.m. EDT) on NBC Sports. Notre Dame is the most common non-conference opponent for Michigan, and this will be the 32nd meeting between the two schools. U-M leads the series by a 17-12-1 margin and is 7-6-1 in South Bend.

Michigan concludes the non-conference season with its initial meeting with San Diego State on the gridiron. The Aztecs visit the "Big House" for a nationally televised game on ESPN starting at noon EDT.

"The Big Game" will be played for the 101st time on Saturday, Nov. 20, at Ohio Stadium beginning at 1 p.m. EST on ABC. The traditional season-ending tilt between Michigan and Ohio State will make its 17th consecutive television appearance on ABC during the final weekend of the regular season. Every game in the series has been televised since 1967, a string of 37 straight contests.

Michigan begins the 2004 football season with a string of 107 straight televised games and is the most televised program in college football history, with 332 appearances.

Following is a listing of the Wolverines' early season televised games:

Date Opponent TV Network    Time
Sept. 4 Miami (Ohio) ABC Noon EDT
Sept. 11 at Notre Dame NBC 3:30 p.m. EDT (2:30 p.m. EST/CDT)
Sept. 18    San Diego State     ESPN Noon EDT
Nov. 20 at Ohio State ABC 1 p.m. EST

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