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Michigan terminates home-and-home series with UCLA, announces 2022, 2023 replacements

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The Wolverines will host Hawaii and East Carolina in those two seasons at home, respectively.

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Michigan football has terminated its home-and-home series with UCLA set for the 2022 and 2023 seasons, according to a release from U-M Athletics. Replacing the Bruins in those two slots will be games against Hawaii in 2022 and East Carolina in 2023’s home opener.

The release from the university says that they did this to balance out the home schedule and guarantee seven games in Ann Arbor for each season. If this is what they are seeking to do, they will have to schedule a road game in 2022 and home game in 2023 to fill that slot. (Editor’s note: Wonder who that could possibly be...).

According to a release from East Carolina, they will be paid $1.8 million for their trip to Ann Arbor to open the 2023 season.

Here are the updated schedules for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. Home games are in bold.

2022

Sept. 3 Colorado State

Sept. 10 Hawaii

Sept. 17 Open/Bye

Sept. 24 Maryland*

Oct. 1 at Iowa*

Oct. 8 Penn State*

Oct. 15 Nebraska*

Oct. 22 at Michigan State*

Oct. 29 Illinois*

Nov. 5 Open/Bye

Nov. 12 Indiana*

Nov. 19 at Rutgers*

Nov. 26 at Ohio State*

Dec. 3 Big Ten Championship Game

2023

Sept. 2 East Carolina

Sept. 9 Open/Bye

Sept. 16 Bowling Green

Sept.23 at Minnesota*

Sept. 30 Open/Bye

Oct. 7 Michigan State*

Oct. 14 at Nebraska*

Oct. 21 Purdue*

Oct. 28 at Maryland*

Nov. 4 at Penn State*

Nov. 11 Rutgers*

Nov. 18 at Indiana*

Nov. 25 Ohio State*

Dec. 2 Big Ten Championship Game

Here is the statement from Michigan Athletics:

“The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced the addition of two non-conference home games during the 2022 and 2023 seasons as well as the cancellation of the UCLA series. The scheduling decisions were made in an effort to provide Wolverine fans with a seven-game home schedule every season.

On June 13, 2019, Michigan informed UCLA that it was terminating the series scheduled to be played in 2022 and 2023 in order to balance the schedule with a seven-game home slate in both seasons. The Wolverines still have one game to fill in each of those two seasons.

Michigan will host Hawaii on Sept. 10, 2022, replacing the previously scheduled match-up with UCLA. This will be the second time that Hawaii travels to Ann Arbor for a game at Michigan Stadium, and will be the fourth all-time meeting between the two programs. The Wolverines defeated the Rainbows, 63-3, at the Big House during the 2016 season, and posted road wins during the 1986 (27-10) and 1998 (48-17) seasons.

East Carolina has agreed to a visit to the Big House on Sept. 2, 2023, filling the away game that was scheduled to be played at UCLA. This will be the first-ever meeting between the Pirates and Wolverines.”

This story is developing.