Michigan football just announced a noon kickoff for the Oct. 6 homecoming tilt against Maryland.
This would be the Wolverines’ third noon start in 2018, joining Western Michigan and Nebraska. It also represents Michigan’s first appearance on the ABC/ESPN docket, as all other games were on NBC, FOX or its affiliates.
Michigan raced to a 28-0 lead last year in College Park, eventually putting the Terrapins away 35-10. Since Maryland dealt Brady Hoke’s final team a loss in 2014, Maryland has mustered only 13 points against the maize and blue.
Michigan hasn’t lost on homecoming since a 38-28 defeat to Iowa in 2010.
Maryland currently stands at 3-1 after a 42-13 victory over Minnesota to open conference play. Behind the rushing trio of Ty Johnson, Tayon Fleet-Davis and Anthony McFarland, interim coach Matt Canada’s squad ranks No. 15 nationally in rushing yardage (258.5 per game).
Michigan happens to rank No. 15 in rushing defense after throttling Nebraska, only ceding 101 yards a contest. Something will have to give in two weeks.
Here’s what happened last time these teams met in Ann Arbor.