Jan. 28, 2011
The Air Force Academy athletic department announced today that the Falcons will take on the University of Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in famed Michigan Stadium. The one-game agreement must still go through the Academy contract process.
"We're very excited to announce that we will be playing at Michigan in 2012," Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh said. "This will be a great opportunity for our players and staff to compete against one of the most storied programs in all of college football in one of the great venues in the game."
Air Force will be playing Michigan for the second time, as the team's played in Michigan Stadium during the 1964 season. Michigan defeated Air Force, 24-7, on Sept. 26. Michigan finished that season 9-1 overall and won the Big Ten championship. Air Force went on to finish 4-5-1.
"We are so fortunate at the Academy to play our home games in one of college football's finest environments in Falcon Stadium," said Troy Calhoun, Air Force's head football coach. "In 2012, with the addition of Michigan, the Falcons will also have the opportunity to play at many quality road sites too.
The Michigan game highlights a non-conference schedule that also features a game against Navy in Falcon Stadium on Oct. 6 and against Army Nov. 3 in Yankee Stadium. The Michigan game could also produce a record attendance for Air Force, as the capacity at Michigan Stadium is 109, 901. The Wolverines averaged 110,235 fans at home in 2010. The largest crowd Air Force has played in front of is 105,466 at Tennessee in 2006.