According to a release on the schools website, the Michigan Wolverines will be playing Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on December 28th. The game will take place in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe Arizona. Kick off at 10:15.
The Wolverines will face Big 12 opponent Kansas State. Both teams are 7-5. The game will mark the fourth time Michigan has played a Big 12 opponent in a bowl game.
Originally the Michigan wolverines were selected to play in the Gator Bowl against an SEC opponent. Athletic Director David Brandon explained why Michigan chose to play in December 28th rather than New Years Day.
This is a new bowl opportunity for our football program, and we are excited to represent the Big Ten in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl,” said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. “We anticipate a great turnout from our passionate fans across the country, especially those in the Arizona and West Coast regions. We look forward to the challenge of facing a very good Kansas State team.”
Michigan will make it’s first appearance in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, formerly the Cooper Bowl. Maybe a change of scenery will provide a boost for a Michigan Football program that has been battered this year.
Choosing the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl over the Gator Bowl doesn’t cost the wolverines any money either. The payout for each bowl is around $3.5 million according to college football guru Phil Steele.
Georgia would have been the projected opponent for the Wolverines had they gone to the Gator Bowl. The Wolverines need a bowl win desperately this offseason and Kansas State provides a more beatable opponent.
This bowl doesn’t make the top 10 most expensive bowls of the year, but for that list, check out this top ten from Forbes.