OSU to play at Michigan in 2015

OREGON STATE WILL play at Michigan during the 2015 season, athletic director Bob De Carolis announced Wednesday. The game, on Sept. 19, 2015, will take place in Year 2 of the new four-team playoff system that will be replacing the BCS.

Strength of schedule is one of the factors the playoff selection committee will consider, the Oregonian pointed out, in deciding which teams play in college football's new "Final Four."

The Pac-12 and Big Ten have a scheduling agreement in which football teams from each conference will play each season beginning in 2017, but this game will take place two years prior, meaning the 2015 game at Michigan is a one-and-done and not part of a home-and-home arrangement.

De Carolis was an athletic administrator for the Wolverines from 1979-98, including a four-year stint as the school's head softball coach. Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke was on Oregon State's staff as an assistant from 1989-94.

"This is an exciting opportunity for our student-athletes, staff and fans to visit not only one of the great venues in college football but all of sports," De Carolis said in a release. "But make no mistake, we will make this trip with the goal of winning a football game."

Oregon State's 2015 nonconference schedule is now two-thirds full -- the Beavers open the '15 campaign on Sept. 5 against Weber State in Corvallis.

The Beavers open the 2012 season Sept. 1 vs. Nicholls State at Reser Stadium before another Big Ten team, Wisconsin, comes to Corvallis on Sept. 8.

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