Friday, July 19, 2019

An overseas game likely in the future for Michigan

Photo Credit: Geno Green

By: Geno Green
Twitter: @TheGenoGreen

CHICAGO— Overseas games are not anything new for college football, but are played infrequently with minimal impact in the College Football Playoff rankings.

With rising fan bases overseas of teams, such as the Michigan Wolverines, the possibility of a Big Ten regular season game being played in Mexico City one day was brought up at Thursday’s Big Ten media day session with outgoing league commissioner Jim Delany expressing potential interest.

“This particular conference is regional,” Delany said. “It's national to some extent, as international as any probably, and I think it would be a great idea to take a look at and either have a preseason game – not a preseason game but an early-season game and a bowl game. It would be a terrific idea.”

Michigan has become the posterchild of flashy overseas trips over the last three seasons to Italy, France and South Africa, even attracting attention from Amazon’s “All or Nothing” series in 2018 when they were filmed, while practicing in Rome, Italy.

Coach Jim Harbaugh mentioned in Friday’s session that an announcement would be made soon about a game being played down the line involving the Wolverines.

“I know you can talk about this, we’re scheduling – I think we’re really close to announcing, actually, playing another team on foreign soil,” Harbaugh said. “I won’t say what it is because – have you heard anything about this? Then I’d better not say it because we’re probably not ready to release that yet. But I think there’s something really imminent. There will be an announcement soon on that.”