Michigan To Kick Off 2006 Campaign Against Ball State

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan director of athletics Bill Martin announced today (Tuesday, Aug. 23) two early-season adjustments to the Wolverines' 2006 football schedule.

"We appreciate the efforts made by Central Michigan and athletic director Herb Deromedi to make possible the addition of Ball State to our schedule," Martin said. "I know our coaches look forward to hosting former coach Brady Hoke."

Michigan will open the 2006 slate against Ball State on Sept. 2, and Central Michigan has agreed to move back a week to Sept. 9. The Chippewas were originally scheduled to face the Wolverines' Sept. 2.

Former U-M defensive line coach Brady Hoke, head coach at Ball State, will bring his Cardinals into Michigan Stadium for the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Central Michigan will make its third appearance against the Wolverines, with both previous contests being played at the Big House (1931, 2003).

Michigan has made no determination on an opponent for a 12th football game in 2006, the first season that the NCAA allowed for an additional game.

Following is U-M's 2006 schedule:

Date Opponent
Sept. 2 Ball State
Sept. 9 Central Michigan
Sept. 16        at Notre Dame
Sept. 23 Wisconsin
Sept. 30 at Minnesota
Oct. 7 Michigan State
Oct. 14 at Penn State
Oct. 21 Iowa
Oct. 28 Northwestern (Homecoming)
Nov. 4 Bye
Nov. 11 at Indiana
Nov. 18 at Ohio State

Future U-M Football Schedules

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