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Turn on the lights! Michigan will host Penn State in primetime

Joey Burzynski AP

Michigan has confirmed they will play a night game against Penn State this season. Just days ago Michigan athletics director Dave Brandon hinted at the possibility of scheduling the October 11, 2014 home game against Penn State for a primetime kickoff, but now it has officially been announced. It will be the first Big Ten night game in Michigan Stadium history. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2.

“The night game atmosphere created by our fans has been electric and we expect that same type of energy for our first-ever conference night game against Penn State,” head coach Brady Hoke said in a statement. “Our players really enjoy playing in primetime at Michigan Stadium.”

This will be the third night game in Michigan Stadium history. Each of the previous two night games were against Notre Dame (2011 and 2013). The Wolverines will face Notre Dame in primetime in South Bend, Indiana on September 6 (on NBC).

Michigan and Penn State will be division rivals starting this season in the re-structured Big Ten. Ohio State and Michigan State are also in the division alongside the Wolverines and Nittany Lions.

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8 Responses to “Turn on the lights! Michigan will host Penn State in primetime”
  1. michiganstillsucks says: Apr 7, 2014 12:47 PM

    I guess when your program has become a joke, you need all the gimmicks to attract viewers and fans. What’s next, having your worthless QB wear #97? Oh wait….

  2. dkhhuey says: Apr 7, 2014 12:52 PM

    Excellent move! I am elated that one of Urban’s first moves upon getting the head job at OSU was insisting on more night games and it has paid off big time! Glad to see some of the other B1G teams starting to follow suit. Night games draw a larger national audience and absolutely amp up the intensity! Going to be a fun game to watch!

  3. stoicpaisano says: Apr 7, 2014 1:09 PM

    This game would be better in 2015 with PSU back to 85 scholarships, a junior Hackenburg and UM starting an actual QB rather than an ATH.

    With Funk ‘tutoring’ the Mich o-line, Penn State may make a game of it this year when it really should be a 35 point blowout.

  4. auburntigers34 says: Apr 7, 2014 1:52 PM

    night games are only a gimmick if you’re 30 years behind the rest of the country in playing them.

  5. barkleyblows says: Apr 7, 2014 2:04 PM

    Two bad teams playing at night….. Awesome… Not

    Go blow!!

  6. derekgorgonstar says: Apr 7, 2014 2:05 PM

    @michiganstillsucks

    Yeah, winning the most games in the history of the sport “sucks”.

    So does living in your Mommy’s basement.

  7. cubano76 says: Apr 7, 2014 3:56 PM

    I’m with Michigan on this one, I wouldn’t do ANYTHING w/ Penn State in the dark either! ;)

  8. deadeye says: Apr 8, 2014 1:17 PM

    Welcome to the 21st century BIG10!

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