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May 28, 2009Michigan moved closer to completing its 2010 schedule with an announcement Thursday the Wolverines will host Massachusetts and Bowling Green in consecutive weeks during non-conference play
"We appreciate the efforts made by both UMass and Bowling Green to accept one-year contracts to play at The Big House," Athletic Director Bill Martin said in a statement issued by U-M. "The scheduling landscape is becoming more difficult and we discussed the open dates with a number of institutions and want to thank them for their time and effort during this process."
The Wolverines will welcome UMass to Michigan Stadium Sept. 18, a week after traveling to Notre Dame. U-M will then host Bowling Green Sept. 25 before opening Big Ten play Oct. 2 at Indiana. The Maize and Blue still have yet to fill the final open date (Sept. 4) on their schedule.
"We are working hard to line up an opponent for the opening game in renovated Michigan Stadium," Martin said. "We hope to have an announcement in the near future."
Michigan and Massachusetts have never met before and will play for the first time. The Wolverines are 1-0 against the Falcons, beating BGSU 42-7 in 2000.