The rematch of the 2012 Sugar Bowl has been put on hold. Michigan cancelled its scheduled home-and-home series with Virginia Tech on Thursday according to multiple reports.
Virginia Tech and Michigan were set to play in 2020 and then again in 2021. Because of the cancellation, the Wolverines will pay the Hokies a $375,000 cancellation fee.
— Ricky LaBlue (@RickyLaBlue) March 29, 2018
Michigan did not publicly cite a reason for the cancellation, but Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times suggested on Twitter it was probably because the Wolverines schedule is stacked with quality competition in the coming years.
Prior to the cancellation, Michigan was set to face Virginia Tech and Washington during non-conference play in addition its usual Big Ten slate, which includes Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Nebraska.
For those wondering why the cancellation with #Hokies, Michigan had Washington and VT in non-con in 2021, plus Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Nebraska on Big Ten slate. I think there's your reason.
— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) March 29, 2018
It will be interesting to see who Virginia Tech is able to replace Michigan with on its schedule for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, but fortunately for the Hokies, they still have a non-conference game against a Power 5 school scheduled in each season. In 2020, Virginia Tech will face Penn State, and then the following season, the Hokies will renew their rivalry with the West Virginia Mountaineers.
And according to Bitter, Virginia Tech and Michigan haven’t ruled out the possibility of playing a home-and-home series at some other time during the next decade.