Michigan will not play Under the Lights at Michigan stadium next season according to a release today from Michigan Sports Information. That ends the lengthy fan-discussion fueled in part by Interim athletic director Jim Hackett’s suggestion that there would be at least one home night contest. Speculation ranged from BYU to the previously unthinkable, Michigan State, as possible opponents. The reasons for behind the decision to pass on those options weren’t specified.
Even without a primetime home affair, though, the Wolverines’ night schedule is pretty extensive.
With today’s announcement that the Maize & Blue will play at Minnesota on October 31st at 8 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. CDT), the Wolverines now have a total of three night games on the schedule. Michigan opens the season in a Thursday night match-up at Utah on September 3rd and a month later plays Maryland on the road in a primetime contest.
Following is the primetime schedule of games on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2:
Sept. 3 -- TCU at Minnesota, 9 p.m.
Sept. 12 -- Oregon at Michigan State, 8 p.m.
Oct. 17 -- Penn State at Ohio State, 8 p.m.
Oct. 24 -- Ohio State at Rutgers, 8 p.m.
Oct. 31 -- Michigan at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Nov. 7 -- Minnesota at Ohio State, 7 or 8 p.m.
Nov. 7 -- Michigan State at Nebraska, 7 or 8 p.m.