A scheduling conflict has forced Delaware State to choose between a home against North Carolina A&T or a road game at Michigan. Guess how that turned out.
It seems the Wolverines needed another I-AA (sorry, I refuse to yield) patsy to round out their non-conference schedule, so they called the Hornets and slid them into the October 17 slot in Ann Arbor. The only problem is that the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference already had Delaware State playing NC A&T that weekend and that game could not be moved. Quite a dilemma. Then DSU remembered that Michigan Stadium holds 105,000 and they would make more money from one road game than they probably could in a 12-game season of home games, so they will forfeit a home conference game in order to take on Rich Rod and Company. 2009 record: 0-1. Geez, I hope this doesn't hurt their BCS chances.
There is also the possibility that the Hornets were enticed by the opportunity to knock off a Big Ten team in their own building—a dream scenario made tantalizingly real by these very Wolverines. After all, they
play the Delaware Blue Hens every season so the Hornets won't be scared/confused by the winged helmets the way so many Michigan opponents are. Those things are good for what ... two ... three wins a year?
2009 DSU FOOTBALL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED [Delaware State University Athletics]
Correction: I have been informed that Delaware and Delaware State have, quite notably, not a played a regular season game in over 30 years. (Oops.) However, they will play be playing next season, about a month before the Michigan game. They must really, really want to hit someone wearing those helmets.