Who (ONE TEAM ONLY) do you want scheduled for future non-con games?

Submitted by crg on August 25th, 2017 at 6:52 AM

Recalling the recent ranting and teeth-gnashing about dropping Arkansas in lieu of Notre Dame, I am curious if the AD actually questions the fan base about whom they would like to see in non-con matchups (considering this is the one sport most driven by fan-derived revenue, this seems like a reasonable notion). As such, who would be your top pick (only one) for a future out of conference opponent (regular season) that IS NOT currently on the schedule - and why? Hopefully, someone in the dept will view these suggestions and perhaps take some action (home and home is best).

Personally, I will go with LSU since 1) has never played UM, 2) traditionally a good FB team and 3) would love to take down another "premier" SEC program.

EDIT:  This is also meant to be a challenge to the board.  You need to pick just one team to add to the schedule (just throwing out a list of teams defeats the purpose - justify why this one team is worth adding over the others).



August 25th, 2017 at 7:40 PM ^

TN fans are almost as dilusional as ND/State fans.  They have no other sports teams to root for.  The Titans are 3 hours west in Nashville, the Braves are 3 hours south in the ATL.

They have a high season ticket renewal similar to us.  I hope to get to Neyland Stadium this year when we are away.


August 25th, 2017 at 7:08 AM ^

They might not be a marquee name in college football, but Louisville's another school that Michigan never has played in football. Having Trey Burke act as honorary captain, and having Michigan block a last-second, game-wininng field goal attempt by Louisville would be nice.

M Ascending

August 25th, 2017 at 7:39 AM ^

But, seriously, MIAMI (YTM).  We haven't played them in quite a while, they are coming back to prominence, and we would essentially have two home games -- they can never fill their stadium and we would travel en masse to fill it up.  Sort of like playing Northwestern.

Mr Miggle

August 25th, 2017 at 8:06 AM ^

Both times Miami was ranked #1 and the defending national champion. While the games sold out, as an aftermarket ticket broker back then, I can say the interest in both games was not so great. Prices were less than for a typical (non-MSU/OSU) Big Ten game. 

The one big draw in non-con was Notre Dame, every year. That was true for both home and away tickets. I think restarting the ND series does reflect the interest of fans and donors. (This is more a response to the OP than to you.)


August 25th, 2017 at 7:16 AM ^

UAB, and give them a home & home along with a statement about how we understand that there are other fine football programs in the State of Alabama.

But assuming that is not in the cards, Pitt.  Pay back Narduzzi and play a good team in our historic footprint that we have not played before.  Beats the hell out of schlepping to New Jersey every other year.

The Fugitive

August 25th, 2017 at 7:19 AM ^

SEC: Bama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee

ACC: Clemson, FSU, Miami

PAC12: USC, Stanford


Washington and VT are on the schedule for 2020 and I hope we keep UW.
Texas, Oklahoma and UCLA are on the schedule later on and those are teams I would have otherwise listed. 


August 25th, 2017 at 7:24 AM ^

Good "exhibition" tuneup game. NCAA always awards a 13th regular season game for teams playing in Honolulu. Would still have a normal 12-game schedule afterwards. Also can be part of Harbaugh's see-the-world campaign for his players.

His Dudeness

August 25th, 2017 at 7:21 AM ^

Pretty much any P-5 home and home would be great IMO.






I wouldn't want a Pac-12 team because we have seen most in the Rose Bowls of the past. And please baby jesus no more Jerry World neutral site bullshit.


August 25th, 2017 at 7:29 AM ^

Keep it in P5. Would love to see Georgia, if only because I live in Athens. I'd also love to see some of PAC-12 home-and-homes come back: Washington, Oregon, maybe even UCLA, Stanford, USC.



August 25th, 2017 at 7:45 AM ^

Oregon, because I want to go to back to Oregon. UNC, because I want to go back to Chapel Hill. Georgia, because I want to go back to Athens. Kansas State, because I want to go...wait, no, not Kansas State.