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Wolverines to face Irish under the Big House lights again in 2013

The Big House Night AP

Replete with fancy new duds and everything, Michigan and Notre Dame squared off in an instant classic under the lights in 2011.  That matchup in Ann Arbor marked the first night game in the history of the iconic Big House.

Wednesday, Michigan announced that a repeat performance is order.

In a release, UM confirmed that the Sept. 7, 2013, edition of the rivalry will be a nationally-televised primetime affair.  No specific time for the kickoff was announced, although the neighborhood of 8 p.m. ET would be a relatively safe guess.

“Our athletic department is looking forward to recreating the night game magic from two years ago,” said UM athletic director Dave Brandon. “We have more in store for this game than the initial night game and will work hard to create many WOW moments.”

Additionally, 1940 Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon will officially be installed as a Michigan Football Legend during a pre-game ceremony.

“He is one of the greatest athletes in school history and we are excited to celebrate all that he accomplished at Michigan,” Brandon stated. “Having Tom’s ‘Old 98’ back on the field will be special. This will be a memorable evening for everyone at Michigan Stadium or watching the game on TV.”

Whether it’s as memorable as 2011 remains to be seen.  That game featured three touchdowns in the final 72 seconds, the last coming with two seconds remaining to give the Wolverines a 35-31 win.

Unfortunately, this will be the last game in Ann Arbor between the two history-laden programs for the foreseeable future.  In late September, it was reported that Notre Dame had opted out of the series due to its scheduling arrangement with the ACC.

The last scheduled meeting between the two programs is Sept. 6, 2014 in South Bend.

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5 Responses to “Wolverines to face Irish under the Big House lights again in 2013”
  1. polegojim says: Dec 12, 2012 7:25 PM

    Very nice – incredible history between the two.

    Sad to see a temp end… but it will never be ‘over’.

    Go Irish – keep up the good work

    … but especially Go BLUE!

  2. metalhead65 says: Dec 13, 2012 1:08 PM

    big 10 schools need to stop playing dame as soon as their contracts are up. if they think they are to good to join the conference then why should big ten schools play them and help their strength of schedule out in their quest to always be ranked #1?

  3. irishayes says: Dec 13, 2012 1:55 PM

    Help ND’s strength of schedule??? Are you kidding me, or just drinking too much of the Big 10/14 Kool-Aid?? Michigan, Purdue and Michigan State HURT Notre Dame’s strength of schedule this year with their combined 17 losses. Notre Dame can and will play a national schedule, and just as with any other program always strives to be #1. BTW ND is the first school to be simultaneously ranked #1 in the BCS AND #1 in graduation rate!

  4. ndnut says: Dec 14, 2012 8:08 PM

    I would’ve rather ended the series with MSU, but it is what it is. Go Irish!

  5. ndnut says: Dec 14, 2012 8:09 PM

    Or better yet stop playing Purdue! They won’t because it’s in-stat, but UM was a better rivalry than both of those two!

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