Michigan-Illinois to kick off at noon Oct. 12; Michigan State-Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m.

The Detroit News
Michigan will play at Illinois at noon on Oct. 12, while Michigan State will play at Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m.

The Michigan football team is getting used to starting early on Saturday.

No. 19 Michigan will play Illinois (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) at noon on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Champaign, Illinois, in a game televised on ABC, the team announced Monday.

It'll mark the fifth straight week in which the Wolverines (3-1, 1-1) kick off at noon, a streak that started with Army's visit Sept. 7 — a game Michigan won in overtime, 24-21.

Michigan State and Wisconsin, meanwhile, will kick off at 3:30 p.m. The network carrying the game has yet to be announced.

The game will be the second of a brutal three-game stretch for the No. 25 Spartans (4-1, 2-0), who are at No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday and home Oct. 26 against No. 12 Penn State (4-0, 1-0) between the showdown with the No. 8 Badgers (4-0, 2-0).

Michigan plays host to No. 14 Iowa (4-0, 1-0) at noon Saturday.