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Michigan to Open 2012 Season vs. Alabama at Cowboys Stadium
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Oct. 14, 2010

DALLAS, Texas -- The University of Michigan football team will face the University of Alabama in the 2012 College Football Kick-off Event on Sept. 1, 2012, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will be televised nationally in prime time.

"This is a great way to kick off the 2012 season with two of the nation's winningest college football programs," said U-M director of athletics Dave Brandon. "We are excited about playing a regular-season game in the state of Texas, a region of the country where we have traditionally recruited. Our goal is to get as many Michigan fans to the game as possible to witness this match-up of traditional powers."

The Wolverines will be the away team with the Crimson Tide designated the home team. The game officials will be a crew from the Big 12 Conference. This will be the fourth time in school history that Michigan faces Alabama, and it will be the first contest played during the regular season by the two programs.

All three previous games between the Wolverines and Crimson Tide occurred in bowl games. Michigan 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 is arguably the most exciting bowl game in Michigan history. In U-M's first-ever overtime game, the eighth-ranked Wolverines edged the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide, 35-34, to claim the 2000 Orange Bowl title. 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.

With the addition of the Crimson Tide, the Wolverines are looking to fill two slots on their 2012 schedule. Both open dates are scheduled to be played on Sept. 8, Sept. 15 or Sept. 29, at Michigan Stadium. The other previously scheduled non-conference game is Sept. 22 at Notre Dame.

Ticket details will be announced at a later date.

Following is Michigan's current 2012 schedule:

DateGame
Sept. 1 vs. Alabama (Arlington, Texas)
Sept. 22 at Notre Dame
Oct. 6 at Purdue
Oct. 13 Illinois
Oct. 20 Michigan State
Oct. 27 at Nebraska
Nov. 3 at Minnesota
Nov. 10 Northwestern
Nov. 17 Iowa
Nov. 24 at Ohio State

Off Schedule: Indiana, Penn State, Wisconsin

Media Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423


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