The Wolverines finished last season with a a 5–7 record, including 3–5 in Big Ten conference play to finish in a tie for fourth place in the new East Division of the conference. They hired Harbaugh after he parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers after four seasons with the team.
Utah went 9–4 last season with a 5–4 record in Pac-12 play to finish in fifth place in the South Division of the conference. Utah has won the last two meetings against Michigan. Utah won last year's meeting in Ann Arbor 26-10.
This will be the teams' fourth meeting since 2008.
How to watch
Details for Thursday night's game are below:
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
Live stream: The game can be viewed here.
TV Coverage: Fox Sports 1
Team Schedules (All times ET)
Sept. 3: at Utah (8:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1)
Sept. 12: vs. Oregon State (12 p.m. ET, ABC)
Sept. 19: vs. UNLV (12 p.m. ET, TBD)
Sept. 26: vs. BYU (TBD)
Oct. 3: at Maryland (8 p.m. ET, BTN)
Oct. 10: vs. Northwestern (3:30 p.m. ET, TBD)
Oct. 17: vs. Michigan State (TBD)
Oct. 31: at Minnesota (8 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)
Nov. 7: vs. Rutgers (TBD)
Nov. 14: at Indiana (TBD)
Nov. 21: vs. Penn State (TBD)
Nov. 28: at Ohio State (TBD)
Sept. 3: vs. Michigan (8:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1)
Sept. 11: vs. Utah State (9 p.m. ET, ESPN 2)
Sept. 19: at Fresno State (10:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network)
Sept. 26: at Oregon (TBD)
Oct. 10: vs. Cal (TBD)
Oct. 17: vs. Arizona State (TBD)
Oct. 24: at USC (TBD)
Oct. 31: vs. Oregon State (TBD)
Nov. 7: at Washington (TBD)
Nov. 14: at Arizona (TBD)
Nov. 21: vs. UCLA (TBD)
Nov. 28: vs. Colorado (TBD)