On Sunday, the Michigan Wolverines accepted an invitation to play the Kansas State Wildcats in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on December 28 in Tempe, Arizona. The Wolverines and the Wildcats both ended the 2013 college football regular season at 7-5 overall, but Kansas State had a better conference mark, at 5-4 in the Big 12, than did Michigan, which ended the Big Ten slate at 3-5.
U-M has never played in this bowl game – previously called the Copper Bowl – and it's just the second time in program history that it will participate in a postseason contest in the state of Arizona. That was a matchup with Nebraska in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl, also played in Sun Devil Stadium, site of the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. It also will be the first-ever college football meeting between Michigan and Kansas State.
In an article published on Sunday to U-M's official athletic website, MGoBlue.com, Director of Athletics David Brandon is quoted in part as saying, "We anticipate a great turnout from our passionate fans across the country, especially those in the Arizona and West Coast regions. We look forward to the challenge of facing a very good Kansas State team."
Tickets went on sale earlier today (Monday), and can be purchased through the Michigan Athletic Ticket Office. Information is available by calling 866-296-MTIX or 734-764-0247, as well as online at MGoBlue.com/tickets. ESPN will televise the game, which kicks off at 10:15 p.m. ET on Dec. 28.