The Wolverines will face the Bruins in a future home-and-home series.
Over 13 years after their last regular-season meeting, UCLA and Michigan have agreed to a home-and-home football series to be played in 2022-23.
CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman first broke the news:
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) October 17, 2013
The first meeting will take place at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 10, 2022, while the Rose Bowl will host the second on Sept. 2, 2023.
Barring any future bowl pairings, it will be the first time the two schools have met since 2000—a 23-20 victory by the Bruins—and the 12th and 13th overall meetings in the series. Michigan currently holds an 8-3 advantage, including marks of 5-1 at home and 2-1 on the road.
The two schools have also played in two bowl games—a 24-14 UCLA win during the 1983 Rose Bowl and a 33-14 Wolverines victory in the 1981 Bluebonnet Bowl.
Which team benefits from this announcement the most?
“This home-and-home series is one we believe fans of both universities, and fans of college football at the national level, will enjoy immensely,” said UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero on Thursday via the team's official website. “We’re excited to face a quality opponent such as Michigan.”
It would be a nice addition for the Bruins, whose future non-conference schedule already includes home-and-home series with Virginia, Texas, Memphis and UNLV.
This will be the Wolverines' first home-and-home series with a Pac-12 school since Washington (2001-02) and Oregon (2003, 2007).
Given that the players who will play in those two games are still working their way through elementary school right now, it’s pretty tough to say who may have the advantage heading into the series.
However, with the tradition these two programs have, it’s almost a certainty that they will be two spectacular games.
All records used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com.