It's a long way away but fantastic news. This is exactly the type of program we need to be scheduling home and homes with in the future. Everyone wants Texas but this is a great parallel. Now go get Georgia, Tennessee, UCLA, to fill out the 2020s.
Michigan To Play Oklahoma In Rather A While
weird combo ND/Michigan tradition: check
Via official site:
Two of college football's most storied programs will meet for the first time in regular season history when the University of Michigan and the University of Oklahoma play a home-and-home series during the 2025 and 2026 seasons, announced jointly by the two institutions today (Monday, July 14).
Hooray. I'll probably be able to take a self-driving car to the away game, but hooray. That's the first game scheduled in the post-ND era that comes close to replacing Notre Dame in terms of appeal. Unfortunately, it arrives 11 years after this year's finale.
Michigan will be playing UCLA in a home-and-home in 2022/3 and Virginia Tech in 2020/1.
WIth the addition of Oklahoma in 2025/6, three of the five home-and-home series for that decade have been announced (unless there is a neutral site game).
That means there is a "gap" in the home-and-home schedule for 2024. Will there be a neutral site game that season or will there be a home and home for the 2024/7 seasons? We'll find out in due time.
Other non-Pac 12 programs I'd like to see Michigan play in early September would be Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Auburn, Alabama (who currently only does neutral site games against major non-conference opponents) , Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State and Miami-FL. Michigan does have a neutral site game in 2017 which Brian conveniently overlooks in his statement about not having a "Notre Dame replacement" unti the Oklahoma series gets played.
Michigan's future football schedules can be found at http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa/big-ten/michigan-wolverines.php
You've rather inconveniently left out who that 2017 neutral site game is against. Versus Florida. In Texas (WTF).
I'm not a fan at all of these money grab (maybe? Cupcake more profitable?) games on non-campuses.
Actually, I'm quite aware that the Michigan-Florida game was scheduled in Dallas, TX to open the 2017 season. That said, it's not relevant to Brian's comment that the home-and-home with Oklahoma was the "first game scheduled in the post-ND era that comes close to replacing Notre Dame in terms of appeal.".
Now, evidentally, either Brian overlooked the Florida games three years down the pike or he feels that the Gators don't come close to the Irish in terms of appeal. If that's the case, perhaps he can elaborate for his blog readers which teams Michigan should and can schedule that are on a rough par with Notre Dame on the "appeal meter".
I personally would have put Florida on that list. I'll also add that I prefer to have games on campus over neutral sites--and that includes the current four-team playoff (which I expect will eventually morph into an eight-team playoff with the five major conference champions getting autobids). I can understand why the game with UF may have had to be a one-off contest at a neutral site. Florida hasn't travelled north of the Mason-Dixon Line in decades, they play in the SEC East and they have an annual non-conference game with Florida State on the docket already. To be frank, I'm rather surpised David Brandon was able to get them to agree to play the game in the first place.
There is a handful of programs I'd like to see Michigan play home-and-home series in the future as Notre Dame replacements. This series with Oklahoma being scheduled eleven years in advance shows you how early these non-scheduling agreements are put in place, so it's not a matter of just snapping your fingers (on a side note, the UM-ND series was agreed upon in 1970, but the first game was played in 1978). The schools that UM might like to play might just not be available.
But if I were to put together a list of non-Pac 12 programs (since Michigan has played UCLA, Washington and Oregon in the non-conference portion over the last twenty years and getting a home-and-home with USC or Stanford would be difficult seeing that they play nine conference games plus Notre Dame each year), that would include the following:
Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Alabama (would have to be neutral site game since the Tide is not scheduling home-and-homes with non-conference opponents), Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Florida State and Miami-FL.
Other programs that might be interesting would be Clemson and South Carolina. If I were to pick a third Big XII team, it might be Oklahoma State or maybe Texas Christian. I'd also add 2015 opponent Brigham Young and maybe Arizona State to the list as well, but the ones listed in the paragraph above would be my primary targets.
Oklahoma would be second on my list to Texas for opponents, but I agree with you that it is 'just' as good!
I hope stoops is still around for hoke to light him up.
Many of the athletes who will participate in these games are not even in middle school yet.
This post reminds me of the scene in Hot Tub Time Machine where Nick is screaming at his wife not to cheat on him. The catch is that he's back in the 80s and he's talking to an elementary school-age girl on the phone.
You better commit!
Head Coach: Doug Nussemeier
Offensive Coordinator: Mike Hart
Defensive Coordinator: Roy Manning
RB Coach: Fred Jackson
Nice! Even if it will be a while.
our robots will beat their robots.
Michigan engineers make Vipers and Corvettes. What do Oklahomans engineer?
And we'll still be waiting to hear from Damien Harris.
for about a 5-year period, starting with the kids signing in 2020.
2nd thru 6th graders: hit the books, the weights, and the books some more!
Good God, I'll be old then.
but I'll either be dead or have Alzheimers and won't care.
Should I start a MGoDeathPool for this game?
The Oklahoma game may be on my 51st or 52nd birthday. My second grader may be a UM freshman or sophomore if we can afford it. I have to go cry now.
Me too. 11 years before they play another real conference game. We as a fan base should be excited about this. 22 years from now we will have a home and home with USC.
Hopefully they can find a way to move it up.
This is exactly the kind of program that we need add to the schedule.
It is not getting moved up - OSU has home and homes with the likes of OSU, UCLA, Nebraska all scheduled ahead of us.
You will get the chance to play against Oklahoma, which now plays in the Williams Companies Super SW Athletic Conference...
For you youngsters thinking about what life at games will be like when these are actually played I think I can help. Repeat after me....
"Down in Front!"
"Damn hotdog is cold. Why cant I get a fresh hot dog?"
"A Bottled water is HOW Much?????"
"Why are they still playing that 7 Nation Army crap?"
but what will Michigan Stadium be called in 2025? Also, MGOBLOG....still around?
But it'll be all about soccer by then -- the sport of the future will have finally arrived!
I'll be 30 years old by then.
I could have a wife (and get married at The Big House) and kids by then...
if all goes well, my daughter may be in her FR year at Michigan. *SHUDDERS*
She probably won't even be at the game, she'll probably be at a fratern....I mean she'll definitely be at the game or, you know, the library.
I could be a grandfather.
11 years from now my granddaughter will be 30.
To put this into perspective, 11 years ago Michigan beat Ohio State 35-21 to be outright Big Ten champs. The future was seemingly bright.
I will now flip this logic and assume that since now things have been fairly bleak, that we will be awesome in 2025. Can't wait!
lol can't wait!!
I hope I can get spaceshuttle parking for the game
solar/battery powered personal helicopters. And the State Street exit will still be a fucking mess- with traffic jams in 3 dimensions.
Elon Musk is targeting 2025 for that first Space-X trip to Mars so.....
I will be watching from my virtual seat at home. The virtual reality machine will simulate being squeezed into an 11 inch seat. I will have people yelling "down in front" while 7 nation army blasts at me. What a future.
Oh, and If I don't have my hoverboard by then, god help me.
Would have been nice if the game were Sooner.
As long as there are fireworks!
good by then, there defense is a concern though, plus the momentum from the blowout of Alabama should be tough for us to overcome.
Michigan still won't have Robocop for another two or three years.
by then and my kid will be a freshmen in college.
How do you retire and THEN pay for college? Clearly I'm doing something wrong.
Let's not rush into this.
I'm going to be 30 years old when this takes place. My God.
eyeroll in your direction sonny