Michigan officially cancels home-and-home with UCLA for two home games in 2022, 2023
Back in June, Michigan wanted to make a change to its 2022 and 2023 schedules.
On Friday, it was officially announced that the Wolverines would no longer be playing in a home-and-home with UCLA those years, and instead, Michigan will be hosting Hawaii in 2022 and East Carolina in 2023:
From Michigan: home-and-home with UCLA scheduled for 2022-23 has been canceled by U-M to get a seventh home game both years. Hawaii (2022) and East Carolina (2023) added. pic.twitter.com/idwmjAkhO4
— Austin Meek (@byAustinMeek) October 25, 2019
By the way, Michigan informed UCLA of the cancellation on June 13 of this year.
— Josh Henschke (@JoshHenschke) October 25, 2019
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The change itself means a couple different things. One, Michigan typically isn’t afraid to schedule more quality competition. Taking UCLA off the schedule for those two years and replacing it with Hawaii and East Carolina (two home games) goes against that thinking.
Two, maybe home games mean more now than ever. Michigan’s schedule is already tough. The Big Ten schedule is what it is.
And if the Wolverines can get more home games out of their non-conference schedule, that could potentially lead to more money for the university. The exact reasoning for this switch of course isn’t known, but regardless, Michigan is adding more home games with weaker opponents in the near future.
Not as a whole, but, in this instance. That’s just the fact of the matter.
As it stands, Michigan’s 2022 schedule features seven home games and four away games. One game is still needed to be added. In 2023, the Wolverines have six home games and five away games. Again, one game needs to be added.