Michigan swaps out Virginia Tech for Arkansas State on 2020 schedule

ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: General view of Michigan Stadium during a game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan Wolverines on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 20-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

This is probably bound to generate some offseason overreaction.

Michigan announced Thursday that it was canceling its game against Virginia Tech in 2020 and replacing it on the schedule with a game against Arkansas State.

The Virginia Tech game was slated to be a home-and-home series with the Hokies heading to Ann Arbor in 2020 and Michigan heading to Blacksburg in 2021. The away game has also been canceled and Michigan is paying Virginia Tech a $375,000 cancellation fee for striking the two games.

Michigan will need to find an opponent to replace Virginia Tech in 2021. The Arkansas State game will be the first time Michigan has played the Red Wolves.

While it’s easy to say Michigan is chickening out by scheduling a Sun Belt team instead of one of the better teams in the ACC, the Wolverines still have a really tough schedule in 2020 and 2021 thanks to the presence of Washington. Michigan and Washington are playing a home-and-home series those two seasons and the Wolverines also play Wisconsin in addition to division opponents Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State.

Yeah, the landscape of college football could be a little different in two years, but it’s a safe assumption that Michigan will still have one of the toughest schedules in the country. And hopefully the Arkansas State matchup ends up less litigious than the Red Wolves’ 2017 scheduled game with Miami.

After Miami canceled the game because of Hurricane Irma, Arkansas State sued. 

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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