Air Force still is one game short of filling out its 2011 football schedule, but that hasn't stopped the AFA athletic department from booking a major nonconference opponent for 2012.
That would be the University of Michigan, which will host the Falcons on Sept. 8, 2012, at Michigan Stadium, the largest college football venue in America with a capacity of almost 110,000 spectators. It's just a one-year contract, meaning the Wolverines haven't agreed to visit Air Force or play the Falcons at a neutral site.
Michigan's new head coach going into 2011 is Brady Hoke, who just had a successful two-year run at San Diego State doing a quick revamping job of the Aztecs. SDSU just went 9-4 this past season, including a home victory over Air Force and a convincing bowl win over Navy.
In an AFA release, head coach Troy Calhoun was quoted as saying: “We are so fortunate at the Academy to play our home games in one of college football’s finest environments in Falcon Stadium. In 2012, with the addition of Michigan, the Falcons will also have the opportunity to play at many quality road sites too.”
Of course, that will also be the case in 2011, with Air Force scheduled for an Oct. 8 trip to face Notre Dame at South Bend, Ind. However, the Falcons still are one game short of the 12-game maximum for next season, after the departures of Brigham Young (going independent) and Utah (for the Pacific 12 Conference).
Air Force and Michigan, by the way, have played once before, in 1964, a 24-7 victory for the Wolverines at Ann Arbor.