In the past, I have made it clear that, with all due respect to Chick-fil-A, I have no interest in seeing the Georgia Bulldogs play a season-opening neutral-site non-conference game in the Georgia Dome unless the ‘Dawgs do so against Clemson or Georgia Tech. I may have to revise that position if this is a possibility:
Michigan has been approached about playing a neutral-site game against a major-conference opponent, but so far there are no plans for that happen. One possibility could be defending national champion Alabama, perhaps in Atlanta around a future induction ceremony at the new College Football Hall of Fame.
"I like to look at all kinds of new, different stuff," Brandon said. "Remember, I’m a change-is-good guy, so I’ll listen to whatever anybody wants to propose. But just because I’m listening doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Too early to tell."
I’ll admit to being a bit confused by the part about the College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, which historically have happened in July. The idea of Michigan playing an early-season outing against an SEC team in Atlanta, though, is an attractive one, which would take care of the warm weather red herring.
Yes, the article refers to the Wolverines facing the Tide, but, honestly, what do Alabamans and Michiganders have in common besides their shared penchants for honoring Mark Ingram and voting for George Wallace? There are many more connections between Georgia and Michigan, and the Bulldogs have been looking at playing a game in the Dome.
Am I sanguine regarding the prospects of such a matchup being arranged? I am not. The Movement is still dead until further notice, and MGoBlog’s Brian Cook gives short shrift to the prospect:
Though Brandon makes some noises about doing that crazy Chick-Fil-A game in Atlanta, the next nonconference game against a BCS opponent not named Notre Dame will probably be Michigan's return game against UConn is in 2013. /shakes fist at college football.
In sum, this is a fanpost because it is not yet a story, but, hey, bad odds are better than no odds. The status change from "definitely won’t happen" to "probably won’t happen" is an upgrade.