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June-July 2012

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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MICHIGAN FOOTBALL 2012 Road Schedule Could Be Among U-M's Toughest M Wolverines have played four ranked teams on the road in a single campaign only twice previously, and might just be up against that reality in 2012. If's early 2012 rankings ichigan's road slate this season could be rare in its difficulty. The reflect the inaugural Associated Press and coaches polls this fall, U-M would, indeed, meet that many — No. 3 Ala- bama (technically a neutral-site, but on the road nonetheless), No. 24 Notre Dame, No. 17 Nebraska and No. 20 Ohio State. For good measure, there is also a home game against No. 12 Michigan State. Facing five ranked teams in one sea- son is not as unusual, with it happen- ing recently in 2010, 2009, 2003 (six teams), 2002 (six teams) and 2000 (six teams). However, the Maize and Blue have faced four ranked opponents on the road only twice, in 2003 and 2000. In 2003, Michigan met No. 22 Or- egon in Eugene, No. 23 Iowa in Iowa City, No. 17 Minnesota in Minneapolis and No. 9 Michigan State in East Lan- sing. The Maize and Blue went 2-2 in those games. In 2000, U-M traveled to Los Angeles to play UCLA, Champaign to take on Illinois, Evanston to meet Northwest- ern and Columbus to match up with rival Ohio State. Again, Michigan went 2-2. The Wolverines have played three ranked opponents on the road in the same year an additional seven times, posting perfect 3-0 records in 1997, 1989 and 1948. Year Opponents 2003 Oregon, Iowa, SEASONS WITH THREE ROAD GAMES AGAINST RANKED FOES 2000 UCLA, Illinois, Ohio State, 2-2 Northwestern Minnesota, Michigan State 1999 Wisconsin, Michigan State, 2-1 Penn State 1997 Michigan State, Penn State, 3-0 Wisconsin 1996 Colorado, Northwestern, 2-1 Ohio State 1989 UCLA, Michigan State, 3-0 Illinois 1958 Michigan State, When running back Vincent Smith and the Wolverines face linebacker Manti Te'o and Notre 46 THE WOLVERINE JUNE/JULY 2012 Dame, it will likely be one of several road contests versus ranked teams for U-M this season. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL 1948 Purdue, Minnesota, Ohio State Ohio State, Northwestern 0-2-1 3-0 1942 Minnesota, Notre Dame, 1-2 Ohio State Record 2-2

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