The long-term football scheduling agreement between the Big Ten and Pac-12 isn’t set to begin until 2017, but that isn’t stopping some teams from getting in on the action beforehand.
Chris Balas of TheWolverine.com tweeted today that Michigan is close to signing a home-and-home football series with the Utah Utes. The series would reportedly begin in Ann Arbor in 2014 and close at Utah on a Thursday to open the 2015 season:
Pac-12 sources: U-M close to home/home deal w/Utah starting 2014. Thurs. night return visit to Salt Lake to open '15 CF season on table #fb
— Chris Balas (@Balas_Wolverine) June 12, 2012
Michigan and Utah have played twice in their history with both games being played in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines won 10-7 in 2002 and the Utes evened the series with a 25-23 win in 2008.
If the series pans out, Michigan would need one more game to complete their 2014 non-conference schedule. The Wolverines open the 2014 season against Appalachian State and then travel to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish return the trip to Ann Arbor in 2015, which is currently Michigan’s only game for that season.
Utah has yet to announce a non-conference game for 2014, and will host Utah State in 2015. Presumably, Utah will continue their yearly series against in-state rival BYU. The two schools have played every year since 1946.
Northwestern and Stanford got a jump-start on the long-term agreement back in March when they scheduled a 2015-16 home-and-home series. The two schools are also slated to meet four times between 2019 and 2022.
While the Big Ten/Pac-12 agreement should create some intriguing match-ups, it claimed a victim last month when Ohio State canceled their planned 2020-21 series against Georgia.