Michigan Wolverines: Colorado Buffaloes

It won’t be much of a break for Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe) in a few weeks.

Then again, one of the most sought-after offensive guards in the nation wants to make sure he’s making the right choice when it comes to colleges.

On Wednesday, the Michigan Athletic Department released its nonconference schedule for the 2014-16 Michigan football seasons. The schedule features some new faces and old memories.

The Wolverines will open the 2014 season in Ann Arbor with Appalachian State. Michigan last played the Mountaineers in the 2007 season opener. The Wolverines went on to lose that game, in what would be former coach Lloyd Carr’s final season opener.

Michigan will also face Miami (Ohio) during that season. Former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler played and coached Miami before coming to Ann Arbor.

In 2015, Michigan football will play its first ever Thursday-night football game. It was also be the first college football game of the 2015 season as Michigan heads west for its kickoff. It will be the first time since 1997 that the Wolverines play two power conference schools from the same conference during the regular season. That year, the Wolverines went 2-0 against the Big 12 (Colorado, Baylor).

One of those schools coming from the Pac-12 will be Oregon State. The Beavers also have ties to Michigan. Athletic Director Bob De Carolis worked for the Michigan Athletic Department for 19 years. He is a former senior associate athletic director at Michigan and served as the school's head softball coach from 1980-84.

The complete non-conference schedule is as follows:


  • 8/30 Appalachian State
  • 9/6 @ Notre Dame

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The three-day NFL Draft came and went over the weekend with few surprises for Michigan players. Three players -- Mike Martin, David Molk and Junior Hemingway -- were drafted.

Many more were not.

The three players drafted equaled the 2010 NFL Draft, which had Brandon Graham go in the first round, Zoltan Mesko in the fifth round and Stevie Brown in the seventh.

In this year’s draft, Martin went to Tennessee in the third round, while Molk and Hemingway were selected in the seventh round by San Diego and Kansas City, respectively.

Hemingway, the last Michigan player taken, joins Steve Breaston as a wide receiver in Kansas City.

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