Is Michigan going to get a 12th game? If they do, will it be before WMU or during their only open week of the season?
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Yes, Michigan will get a 12th game.
The NCAA Division I-A start date is the Thursday before Labor Day, which is September 3. The Western Michigan game is September 5. The 12th game will take place on October 17.
RR mentioned this in one of the interviews that were posted here. Apparently it is harder to do in real-life than in NCAA Football '09.
And the only interesting rumor to surface was UConn. On a Liveblog Brian discounted that rumor in favor of a true cupcake opponent.
As we go on, I think it less likely that an FBS team gets scheduled and more likely that we see a Youngstown State-ish opponent.
I vote Washington or Washington State.
Citadel, beating them made Timmy T look tough. Mark May liked the win and so should you.
I have been looking a little more into this. Here is a complete list of teams in BCS conferences that (a) have an open slot on their schedule, (b) would be willing to fill it with an away game, and (c) might not insist on a return game: North Carolina, North Carolina State, Syracuse. I would have included Boston College, too, but I don't think there is any chance that they would be willing to play at Michigan and at Notre Dame back-to-back.
Of course, there's the old standby, the Mid-American Conference. Akron, Ball State, Central Michigan and Ohio are still looking for a 12th game. From that list, Akron and Ohio University would probably be most attractive to Michigan.
Looking at FBS teams in other non-BCS conferences, it looks like every team already has scheduled at least one "payday" game, but there are some teams that might be willing to schedule a second one. That list includes only teams in the deep south: Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas. TCU is also looking for a 12th game, but I don't see any chance of Michigan taking them on.
If we don't get one of these teams, we are almost certainly stuck with scheduling an FCS team.