July 11, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan football team in conjunction with the Big Ten Conference announced today (Thursday, July 11) the conference schedule for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Beginning in 2016, each school will play nine conference games each -- games against six teams from its own division and three teams from the other division -- as part of a new nine-game conference schedule.
With the conference schedule finalized, the Wolverines' full 2016 schedule, which features eight home games, five conference home games and four consecutive home games to start the season, is complete.
Michigan will open the 2016 season with three non-conference home games against Hawaii (Sept. 3), Colorado (Sept. 17) and Ball State (Sept. 24), while U-M is scheduled to observe its open date on Sept. 10.
The Wolverines will open the 2016 conference schedule by hosting Wisconsin on Oct. 1, marking the first visit to the Big House by the Badgers since 2010. The Maize and Blue then will travel to Rutgers on Oct. 8 before back-to-back home games with Penn State (Oct. 15) and Illinois (Oct. 22) at Michigan Stadium.
Michigan travels to in-state rival Michigan State on Oct. 29 before hosting Maryland on Nov. 5 and traveling to Iowa for a Nov. 12 contest.The Wolverines will close their home conference slate with Indiana on Nov. 19 and travel to Columbus, Ohio, to conclude the regular season against Ohio State on Nov. 26.
Michigan will play five road conference games in 2017 and will open Big Ten play at Purdue on Sept. 23. Following an open date on Sept. 30, the Wolverines will host Michigan State on Oct. 7 before consecutive road contests at Indiana (Oct. 14) and Penn State (Oct. 21).
The Wolverines will return to the Big House with back-to-back home games against Rutgers (Oct. 28) and Minnesota (Nov. 4). Michigan will return to the road for contests at Maryland (Nov. 11) and Wisconsin (Nov. 18) prior to closing the season with Ohio State at Michigan Stadium on Nov. 25.
Beginning in 2014, the Big Ten football division alignments will feature Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers in the East Division and Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin in the West Division.
2016 Full Schedule, 2017 Conference Schedule Only:
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