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BYU football notebook: Cougars will make a visit to Michigan's 'Big House'

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 7 2012 9:33 a.m. MST

BYU's Brandon Ogletree, left, and Kyle Van Noy watch the Notre Dame offense as the Cougars lost to the Irish by three.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

PROVO — Add Michigan to the impressive list of high-profile opponents BYU will be facing in coming years.

The two schools announced Tuesday that the Cougars and Wolverines will meet Sept. 26, 2015, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.

"It's a great opportunity to play an outstanding football team in one of the legendary football stadiums in the country," BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement. "Michigan had an opening in its 2015 schedule and the circumstance was right for BYU. We hope to develop a long-term relationship with Michigan."

Michigan Stadium, also known as "The Big House," has a seating capacity of 109,901.

BYU and Michigan have met only once in football — in the 1984 Holiday Bowl. The Cougars beat the Wolverines, 24-17, to cap a perfect season and win the national championship.

"They're one of the greatest football programs in the country. They're traditionally strong," said BYU offensive coordinator Brandon Doman. "Their fans are great and their stadium is great. We've only played them the one time. We'd like to repeat that (result) if we could. It will be harder at their stadium. It will be a great opportunity to play them."

BYU opens the 2015 season at the home of another Big Ten opponent, Nebraska.

The Cougars also have future games set up with Texas, Boise State, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Cincinnati and West Virginia.

VAN NOY'S FUTURE: Junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy is considering skipping his senior year to enter next April's National Football League draft.

But, of course, he hasn't made any decisions yet.

"I'll have a discussion with my parents after the final game," Van Noy said. "You get asked about it every day, so you do think about it. You do look at your options and what's best for you and your family. I also want to do what's best for the team, too. I just want to help out any way I can on this team right now, then focus on myself after the season."

SENIOR NIGHT: Saturday marks BYU's final home game of the season. The Cougars will honor 24 seniors.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall said the format will be different this year. Instead of honoring the players after the game against Idaho, they will be recognized before the contest.

"Normally, I'm able to be with them after the game," Mendenhall said. "With an 8:15 start, that's going to be really late. We'll honor them more pregame and then what I normally do after the game we'll do at our banquet this year just because of how late the start is."

BYU AFTER BYE: Under Mendenhall, BYU has posted an 8-1 record after bye weeks. The Cougars dropped their first bye week game in Mendenhall's first season, a 51-50 loss to TCU. Since then, BYU has won eight straight after a bye week.

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