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Utah Utes football: Utes, Michigan agree to home-and-home series beginning in 2014

Published: Wednesday, June 27 2012 10:28 a.m. MDT

Utah's Freddie Brown runs after a big catch as Charles Stewart (left) and Donovan Warren (ground) try to pull him down as the University of Utah defeats the University of Michigan 25-23 in the season opener of their college football season in Ann Arbor, Utah Aug. 30, 2008.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah and Michigan have agreed to a home-and-home football series. The Utes and Wolverines will meet Sept. 20, 2014, at Michigan Stadium and Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The latter will be the season opener for both teams.

"Playing a home-and-home series with the University of Michigan — one of the country's most storied programs — is a great opportunity for us," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in making the announcement. "The game-day atmosphere in Ann Arbor is a special experience for players and fans alike. We also look forward to hosting Michigan in Salt Lake City, allowing the MUSS and all our fans the chance to give the Wolverines a taste of what game day at Rice-Eccles Stadium is all about."

Michigan will become just the second Big Ten team ever to play in Salt Lake City. The Utes defeated Indiana 40-13 up on the hill in 2002.

"A home-and-home series with Michigan is the kind of opportunity that comes with membership in the Pac-12 Conference," Utah athletics director Chris Hill said in a released statement. "I greatly appreciate coach Whittingham's willingness to add college football's winningest program to his already difficult 2014 schedule, which will also feature five Pac-12 road games."

Utah and Michigan have meet twice before, both in Ann Arbor. The Utes dropped a 10-7 decision in 2002 and prevailed 25-23 in 2008.

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