Big Ten Announces Revised 2021 Michigan Football Schedule
2/5/2021 1:05:00 PM
// Dave Ablauf, Chad Shepard
ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference announced Friday (Feb. 5) the revised football schedules for all 14 teams during the 2021 season. The revision was necessitated due to adjustments made last season to schedules across the Big Ten during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first five games of the Wolverines’ schedule will remain unchanged. The University of Michigan will open the season with four straight home contests, hosting non-conference matchups against Western Michigan (Sept. 4), Washington (Sept. 11) and Northern Illinois (Sept. 18) at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines will open the Big Ten season against Rutgers at the Big House (Sept. 25) before traveling to Wisconsin for their first road game on Oct. 2.
The next four conference games have been rearranged to balance the middle portion of the schedule and to reset the location of the Indiana and Michigan State games based on changes made in 2020. The Wolverines will travel to Nebraska on Oct. 9 and return home for a matchup with Northwestern at Michigan Stadium on Oct. 23. The Michigan State and Indiana games have been shifted to later in the schedule, with the Wolverines traveling to East Lansing on Oct. 30 and hosting Indiana on Nov. 6. Michigan’s bye weekend has moved from Oct. 23 to Oct. 16.
The final three games remain unchanged, as Michigan will play road games at Penn State (Nov. 13) and Maryland (Nov. 20) before hosting rival Ohio State (Nov. 27) at Michigan Stadium.
Following is the Wolverines’ 2021 schedule with previous game dates in parentheses:
Sept. 4 vs. Western Michigan
Sept. 11 vs. Washington
Sept. 18 vs. Northern Illinois
Sept. 25 vs. Rutgers*
Oct. 2 at Wisconsin*
Oct. 9 at Nebraska* (was Oct. 30)
Oct. 23 vs. Northwestern* (was Nov. 6)
Oct. 30 at Michigan State* (was Oct. 16)
Nov. 6 vs. Indiana* (was Oct. 9)
Nov. 13 at Penn State*
Nov. 20 at Maryland*
Nov. 27 vs. Ohio State*
Dec. 4 at Big Ten Championship Game
Home games (bold) at Michigan Stadium; * Big Ten Conference games