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Posted on Tue, Jun 7, 2011 : 4:32 p.m.

Start times announced for Michigan football games against Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan

By Rich Rezler

Michigan football fans can now plan most of their September.

The Michigan athletic department released the kickoff times and broadcast information for home games against Western Michigan on Sept. 3 (3:30 p.m., ABC) and Eastern Michigan on Sept. 17 (noon, BTN).


Ryan Van Bergen, right, helped Michigan wrap up Eastern Michigan in a 45-17 win in 2009. The two Washtenaw County schools will meet again at noon on Sept. 17. file photo

Those non-conference games are sandwiched around the Sept. 10 game against Notre Dame, which long ago was designated as the first night game at Michigan Stadium. That game, which kicks off at 8 p.m., will be televised by ESPN.

There are now five games with determined kickoff times on Michigan's 12-game schedule.

The Wolverines will play a Big Ten Network prime time game at Northwestern on Oct. 8. Michigan's homecoming game against Purdue will kick off at noon on Oct. 29.

The school said in a release Tuesday it does not expect any other times to be set prior to the standard 12-day or six-day advance notice system used as television networks select their broadcast schedule.

The game against Eastern Michigan is the first determined start time on the Eagles' 2011 schedule. The school said the remainder of its schedule will be released in the coming weeks by the Mid-American Conference office.

Michigan football schedule

Sept. 3: vs. Western Michigan (3:30 p.m., ABC)
Sept. 10: vs. Notre Dame (8 p.m., ESPN)
Sept. 17: vs. Eastern Michigan (noon, BTN)
Sept. 24: vs. San Diego State (TBA)
Oct. 1: vs. Minnesota (TBA)
Oct. 8: at Northwestern (7 p.m., BTN)
Oct. 15: at Michigan State (TBA)
Oct. 29: vs. Purdue (noon, TBA)
Nov. 5: at Iowa (TBA)
Nov. 12: at Illinois (TBA)
Nov. 19: vs. Nebraska (TBA)
Nov. 26: vs. Ohio State (TBA)

Eastern Michigan football schedule

Sept. 3: vs. Howard (TBA)
Sept. 10: vs. Alabama State (TBA)
Sept. 17: at Michigan (noon, BTN)
Sept 24: at Penn State (TBA)
Oct. 1: vs. Akron (TBA)
Oct. 8: at Toledo (TBA)
Oct. 15: at Central Michigan (TBA)
Oct. 22: vs. Western Michigan (TBA)
Nov. 5: vs. Ball State (TBA)
Nov. 12: vs. Buffalo (TBA)
Nov. 19: at Kent State (TBA)
Nov. 25: at Northern Illinois (TBA)



Wed, Jun 8, 2011 : 3:45 a.m.

Bring on the wolverines! Tevin Drake and the WMU broncos will be ready for this one. GO BRONCOS!!!


Wed, Jun 8, 2011 : 2:32 a.m.

Definitely hope the weather is nice for the Western and Eastern game so I can listen to Beckman and Brandstatter on the boat up north.


Wed, Jun 8, 2011 : 1:49 a.m.

Why don't they just get Central to replace ND and they can play every D-1 program in the entire state. After their success against MSU, I'm pretty sure CMU isn't afraid of anybody.


Tue, Jun 7, 2011 : 10:07 p.m.

Hey 1st Down, Many places now a days will allow you to put a satellite on the roof, you should check into it. With all the technologies out there, if you don't own your home, then they are supposed to provide you with a way to get Directv. Looks like the schedule is shaping up, I can't wait for a real coached U-M Football team finally, where Defense improves as the season goes along, Go Blue!!!

1st Down

Wed, Jun 8, 2011 : 8:42 p.m.

yeah 2 direct tv guys came out and suggested that but the building owner wont allow it here.... its been fine, I got the Red Wings playoffs streaming on the net from some overseas websites....hopefully the same will happen with college football and Michigan games


Tue, Jun 7, 2011 : 10:06 p.m.

This just in: On NBC4 Columbus, Pryor has quit the Buckeyes. Go Blue!!!

1st Down

Tue, Jun 7, 2011 : 9:41 p.m.

geeze I hope I can catch the games streaming on the net somewhere....I just moved to a new pad and it faces north so no more direct TV or BTN...and no way in heck that Ill get time warner cable cause they are so bad... anyway go blue hope I get to see you this fall

1st Down

Wed, Jun 8, 2011 : 8:40 p.m.

thanks Mick for the offer...I may take you up on that for one of the bigger games like Ohio since its still a long drive down the coast...


Tue, Jun 7, 2011 : 10:17 p.m.

If you don't get it, then come down to San Diego and you can hang out with me in my home and watch our beloved Blue! I have 3 TV's (all LCD) in my living room and I have multiple games on. This is the place. You are welcome here 1st Down, Go Blue!!!