The Michigan Wolverines and the rest of the college football world are set to return to normalcy this fall with non-conference games sprinkled into the early part of the schedule. Michigan will play three home contests this year with matchups with Western Michigan, Washington and Ball State.
Michigan’s non-conference schedule is set completely through the 2025 season, but there are a lot of gaps to fill after that. The 2026 and 2027 seasons probably have their marquee opponents set already with tuneup games likely to be announced soon. The 2028-2032 slates are completely wide open.
Here is a look at how Michigan’s non-conference schedule breaks down over the next several seasons.
9/14 — Western Michigan
The Wolverines and Broncos meet in the opening week of this upcoming season. The two programs have met seven times with Michigan winning each contest. The most recent was a 49-3 victory in Ann Arbor during the 2018 season.
9/11 — Washington
Michigan and Washington were going to open the 2020 season before the COVID-19 pandemic. One would have to think that the road trip out West will be rescheduled to one of these upcoming years. Michigan holds a 7-5 advantage in the series with a victory coming in the last matchup in 2002.
9/18 — Ball State
Michigan plays its second of two MAC opponents in Week 3. The Wolverines and Cardinals have only met once, which was a 34-26 victory in 2006.
9/03 — Colorado State
Michigan and CSU have met once in each program’s history with a 24-14 Wolverines victory in San Diego in 1994.
9/10 — Hawaii
The Wolverines welcome the Warriors back to Ann Arbor in 2022 after a 63-3 in the last matchup back in 2016. Michigan is 3-0 in this series.
9/17 — UConn
Michigan and UConn have played a pair of times with the Wolverines coming out on top in each. The most recent was a 24-21 win on the road in 2013 and that will be the last mention of that particular game for the foreseeable future.
9/02 — East Carolina
This will be the first matchup ever between these two schools.
9/09 — UNLV
Michigan has played UNLV once, which was a 28-7 victory during the 2015 season.
9/16 — Bowling Green
Another MAC opponent appears on the list. Michigan is 2-0 all-time against Bowling Green with the most recent matchup coming in 2010 (65-21 W).
8/31 — Fresno State
Michigan and Fresno State will meet for the first time in the first week of the 2024 season.
9/07 — at Texas
Michigan and Texas kick off the start of a home-and-home series in 2024. The only previous meeting between the two teams took place in the 2005 Rose Bowl, a 38-37 Texas victory.
9/21 — Arkansas State
Another non-conference game, another team Michigan has yet to play in its history.
8/30 — New Mexico
Make it another non-conference buy-game for Michigan that they have not seen before.
9/06 — at Oklahoma
Michigan heads to Norman for another home-and-home with a Big-12 opponent. The Wolverines and Sooners have met once, which was a 14-6 Oklahoma victory in 1976.
9/13 — Central Michigan
This will be a conflict game for much of the Maize n Brew staff, as more than a few of us passed through Mt. Pleasant in our college years. The Wolverines hold a 4-0 advantage in the series with the most recent meeting coming in 2013 (59-9 W).
9/12 — Oklahoma
The Sooners make the return trip to Ann Arbor in the early going of the 2026 season.
9/11 — Texas
Texas closes out the scheduled home-and-home series with a trip to the Big House in 2027.
There is nothing set here yet! We will see how things progress over the next few years as schedules take shape. One would imagine the Washington road trip will pop up in here somewhere.
9/03 — Notre Dame
Michigan and Notre Dame renew their storied rivalry 12 years from now when the Irish come to the Big House for the season opener.
9/02 — at Notre Dame
And then Michigan returns to South Bend for the last time in how many years it takes to get there again in 2034.