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April 29, 2013

U-M to play Notre Dame, Penn State in primetime

With the college football season right around the corner, schools, conferences and television networks are beginning to put together the schedules and time slots for this season's biggest games.

Monday afternoon, ESPN announced six primetime games involving Big Ten teams that will be broadcast across the ABC/ESPN family.

The Wolverines will be involved with two of them.

In the second-ever night game at Michigan Stadium, Notre Dame returns for its final Big House trip for the foreseeable future. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m.

The Fighting Irish were Michigan's opponents at the 2011 "Under The Lights" game, the first night game ever hosted by the Wolverines.

Michigan won that game, 35-31, in a drama-packed game during which quarterback Denard Robinson connected with receiver Roy Roundtree with two seconds remaining for the go-ahead touchdown.

Before Michigan's game at Notre Dame last year - which also took place at night - N.D. athletic director Jack Swarbrick informed Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon that he would be terminating the Michigan-Notre Dame series after the 2014 season.

The Wolverines will also kick off in primetime when it travels to Happy Valley to take on Penn State, the first matchup between the schools since 2010.

That game will start at 5 p.m.

The Buckeyes will host Northwestern (Oct. 5) and Penn State (Oct. 26) for 8 p.m. kickoffs and play under the lights at Camp Randall vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 28)

Here's a list of the six Big Ten primetime games that were announced by ESPN. The press release mentioned that more primetime games may be announced in the future.

Big Ten Primetime Games
Date
Time (ET)
Game
Network
Sat., Sept. 7
8 p.m.
Notre Dame at Michigan
ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat. Sept. 14
8 p.m.
Notre Dame at Purdue
ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat. Sept. 18
8 p.m.
Wisconsin at Ohio State
ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat., Oct. 5
8 p.m.
Ohio State at Northwestern
ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat., Oct. 12
5 p.m.
Michigan at Penn State
ESPN or ESPN2
Sat., Oct. 26
8 p.m.
Penn State at Ohio State
ABC, ESPN or ESPN2



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