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Michigan Football: Predicting Start Times for the Wolverines' TBA Games

Austin FoxCorrespondent IIOctober 12, 2016

Michigan Football: Predicting Start Times for the Wolverines' TBA Games

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    Michigan has four games on its schedule that are still listed as TBA: Michigan State, at Minnesota, Northwestern and Iowa. So what time will these games likely begin?

    Some people don't really care when game time is; honestly, though, I think it is a huge deal. For example, noon and 3:30 p.m. starts just don't have the same atmosphere that night games have.

    Here's a best guess on the start time for each of these games.

Oct. 20: Michigan State

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    If this game doesn't start at noon, then Michigan won't play a noon game until November. Chances are that this won't be a noon start, either.

    This will be an absolutely huge game, as the winner of this one puts themselves in great position to win the Legends Division.

    Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if College GameDay shows up for this one, as it looks like the premiere game that weekend.

    Prediction: 3:30

Nov. 3: At Minnesota

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    I'm not at all worried about Michigan losing this game, but it is a game that it has to prepare appropriately for. This Minnesota team will be much better, as it showed great improvements toward the end of last year.

    It will be Michigan's first-ever trip to TCF Bank Stadium, but, unfortunately, I don't think much of the country will be tuning into this one. LSU and Alabama play each other the same day.

    This one definitely should be Michigan's first noon game of the season. Seeing as how it's played in November in Minneapolis, anything later than noon could wind up being brutally cold.

    Prediction: 12 p.m.

Nov. 10: Northwestern

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    I could see this game being either noon or 3:30 p.m. It's certainly not a huge game, but it's not a pushover, either.

    Seeing as how Michigan likely will not have played a home noon game yet to this point, I'm going to predict this one as a 12 p.m. start.

    Brady Hoke certainly favors noon starts, and this one will be the perfect opportunity to have one. Plus, there's a decent chance of bad weather at this time of the year, so a 3:30 start doesn't seem as likely.

    Prediction: 12 p.m.

Nov. 17: Iowa

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    This is an extremely hard one to predict. It will be Senior Day in Ann Arbor, and without a doubt a very emotional day.

    This Iowa team doesn't scare me a whole lot, but we've said that before about the Hawks. Still, I just don't see how this team is going to be good enough to come into the Big House and pull off an upset.

    Again, this game will be played in mid-November, so the weather certainly could be an issue. I wouldn't be surprised to see low temperatures with a mix of snow/rain precipitation.

    If that's the case, this game will be a classic: two of the most traditional hard-nosed, smash-mouth teams in Michigan and Iowa going at it in true Big Ten elements.

    Prediction: 12 p.m.

Conclusion

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    After Michigan had eight noon starts last season, it looks like it will be the complete opposite this year.

    With a noon game likely not coming until November, fans will be able to sit back and enjoy some late afternoon to early evening start times.

    Personally, I like it that way better, but I have absolutely no problem with noon games, either. It seems like old-fashioned football fans enjoy the 12 p.m. start times better, but in this day and age, we rarely see big-time noon games.

    With such few 12 p.m. starts, fans will now have time to get some chores done around the house on Saturday's before the boys in Maize and Blue take the field.

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