After weeks of speculation of when the schedule may finally drop, the Michigan Wolverines know what things will look like if they do indeed wind up playing a season.
The Big Ten announced the full schedule of games for the conference-only slate with things set to kick off against Purdue at home on Sept. 3-5. Michigan’s rivalry games against the Michigan State Spartans and Ohio State Buckeyes will take place on Oct. 3 and Oct. 24, respectively.
All of this is pending that the schools go ahead and play a 2020 football season, which is still very much in the air as we head into August with the coronavirus pandemic still surging across the United States.
Here is the full schedule of games for Michigan.
Sept. 5 - Purdue
Sept 12 - at Minnesota
Sept 19 - Penn State
Sept 26 - at Rutgers
Oct 3 - Michigan State
Oct 10 - BYE
Oct 17 - at Indiana
Oct 24 - at Ohio State
Oct. 31 - Wisconsin
Nov. 7 - Maryland
Nov. 14 - BYE
Nov. 21 - at Northwestern
“Even though we have a schedule and we have student-athletes working out on our campuses, it is not a guarantee that we will have a football season or that we’ll have fall sports,” Big Ten comissioner Kevin Warren said to The Athletic. “Releasing a schedule does not mean that we’re just pushing forward and ignoring all the medical protocols and procedures. We’ve made it very clear that, if and when we get to the point where it’s not in the best interest of our student-athletes and our Big Ten community, from a health and safety standpoint, to have sports in the fall — regardless of what the sport is — we won’t do it. We’re being very methodical in our thought process.”
Two bye weeks were built into the schedule for every team, giving them 41 moveable dates in order to remain flexible. The conference has planned for all the contingencies, but continues to be up front about the possibility of these games not being played at all.
But we have a schedule at something to sink our teeth into, at least. Let the debates begin.