PSU seems as though they might be "special" enough to please Brandon for the night game.
PSU seems as though they might be "special" enough to please Brandon for the night game.
We play at PSU
No way we do 3 straight night games with ND
I don't think you can rule out ND just because it would be 3 years in a row against them. Brandon wants an annual night game at the Big House, and it won't be in November. Not every year do we schedule marquee opponents like Bama(sure we'll throw in many respectable opponents like UCONN, Utah, and San Diego St, among others), but often times Notre Dame will be our best OOC opponent. That generally only leaves you with one or two other options. For all we know, Brandon could be working with their AD to make this an annual night game to build off of the tradition of this rivalry. Maybe that was why ND happened to schedule it as a night game this year dispite it being a night game last year.
Just speculation though, and if that's NOT the case, then it will more than likely be the Minny game for the LBJ. Nothing wrong with that, it will just bring back memories of the Friday Night game in '03
since that's homecoming.
I would imagine it will be Minnesota little brown jug game. Longest battle for a trophy, tradition, history....everything DB wants and likes. Not the best opponent for a night game, but I think it will make the game much more exciting.
Its Minnesota...who should be a lot better....or DB is going to try and get out of the UCONN game and replace them with another team.
Agree on this. Little Brown Jug and first conference game. Shame it's "just" Minnesota- first conference night game at Michigan Stadium against the likes of Nebraska or Penn State would've been cool.
I'd love to see M/OSU played later in the day/night. The traditional noon start-time, although a nice bow to tradition, is outdated and tends to mute the overall excitement and exposure. Noon, to many fans, screams "regional matchup." Not as many people watch nooners, especially in the Western half of the country, where the game gets about as much hype as Harvard/Yale.
And noon crowds -- even during big game -- tends to be quieter. Or more sober. But still. Note the difference between last year's games against ND and OSU. Both were great crowds. But the former scene was louder and more intimidating right out of the gate (even though ND outplayed M in the first half). Night games -- the lights, primetime TV, the beer -- get everything to 11. And that's what you want during the biggest game of the year. M/OSU should be the national game of the week.
In total agreement, but with the current powers that be, a Michigan-Ohio night game just won't happen, unless they meet in the BTCG. And even then, I'm sure Bo will turn over in his grave when both teams play for the title at night.
I think this policy will change overtime, as the younger generation, as a whole, prefers night games, while the old guard clearly doesn't. But for now, its just not in the cards. They worry too much about people drinking all day, and opposing fans leaving the campus in an absolute wreck. That and the whole weather thing.
I'd be interested to know which party decided the "do shows along the way" option was viable. Because from the MMB side of things, I don't know how you do a Band Week with the performance block on the road during game week and put a block together, and a show on the field, for Week 2.
Go to class on a return trip if you're doing shows along the way.
Really hoping its not another Notre Dame matchup. I think it'd start to get a little stale. Unless Minnesota somehow drastically improves over the next year and gets into Big Ten title consideration, they would be a waste of a night game. I abhore the idea of an Indiana night game. Ohio night game will obviously never happen, but I'd probably poop myself if it did happen. Nebraska would be great at night. If the conference can get over its BS "no night games in November" policy, I think that'd be a great night matchup.
at night AGAIN is not special. I'd honestly rather see the Little Brown Jug game at night.
I think the no Sparty night game thing is ridiculous and the safety/vandalism concerns are WAY overblown. If Sparty fans are that bad why even play the game?
Secondly, why not play Air Force at night? Why does it have to be this amazing opponent? That qualification, plus the no November night games and the no sparty night games basically limits our night game opportunties to two teams every two years (ND and Nebraska).
Anyone who was at UTL knows how magical the experience was (even in the first half when we were getting pounded)
Because it would make it a primetime game and no network in their right mind would showcase that prime time slot to Michigan pounding out UMass or any other mid to lower tier team with no national following (why nd applies).
I think the "no night games against Sparty/Ohio" has more to do with concern about how our fans are treated over there. I don't think it's so much an issue of how they'd behave here, but if we have a night game here, then we have to agree to one there.
I don't know about East Lansing at night, but I definitely would not want to be in Columbus for a night game.
If we absolutely have to keep playing ND every single goddamn year, then I wouldn't mind starting a new tradition of playing them at night.
Notre Dame again, it's the only early season game that is truly big and would have a National following. Minny not a big game outside of Michigan fans and the 8 people in Minnesota that still have tickets. PSU and IU not worth mentioning and other games too late in the season.
it won't happen because: 1) Brandon won't play MSU at night, 2) It has to be a "special opponent", and 3) the Big 10 does not allow night games in November that basically leaves 1 night game against ND every two years.
I think that is ridiculous but that is the corner DB has painted himself into with his scheduling decisions.
Do we have to orient our entire program around the alleged desires of recruits? Night games should be a rare event. For people who drive a few hours to get to the games, night games can be problematic. The UTL game was awesome, but driving home at 2 in the morning wasn't. I would not want to do that more than once a year.
Should do Notre Game nigh game part 2.
there is a longstanding tradition of OSU at noon, but I would love to see a night game against them. A cold night won't stop us from coming out to watch an OSU game, and the atmosphere would be electric. A night series against Notre Dame is also a good option though. I would also really like to see Michgian hosta big name out of conference opponent at night to open the season. How does the mgoboard feel about multiple night games in a season?
INDIANA at night. WOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
We should play a big football program, like Wisconsin or Iowa. ND would be like playing Yale or Harvard. Those schools were good many years ago, but are dead now.
I about rolled off my chair laughing.
I'm hoping for an exemption and it's Nebraska. Would be of huge national interest and they have a pretty well-mannered fanbase. Still early in Nov as well.
C'mon DB, make it happen.
(and I, too, am not in favor of playing them in a so-called UTL II), Nebraska is the only game on the present 2013 schedule that is big enough to be considered for a prime-time start. I'd love to see it happen; I'm sure the B1G "policy" of no November night games is one that is not so set-in-stone that it can't be waived for a game of that magnitude.
If it's not ND or Nebraska? Then my money is on Brandon secretly having something in the works to replace Akron on the schedule with a big-name opponent.
Feel like I've made this exact same post two or three dozen times.
There is NO current policy from the Big 10 prohibiting November night games. None. While they don't generally encourage it, and TV contracts/rights ultimately mostly determine when games are played, the conference does not have an unequivocal rule preventing a night game in November.
That being said, I don't think you see it happen. But the fact remains the conference does not prohibit it from happening.
That it's in their TV contracts that unlike other times, tv can't "make" them play a night game. Both home and away teams have to agree to it, as well as tv wanting it.
Edit: here is is as of 2010-
They should not schedule ND again. Nebraska is a good possibility. I would like to see Minnesota on a Thursday or Friday at night. If that is possible.
This is not the Big lEast.
why would we play a thursday or friday game?
Somebody's got a cravin' for some MAC-tion.
What about on August 30, 2014. Michigan vs app state at night to open the season? Mommy and Daddy better tuck the kids in early, because the app state heads will be rolling this time.
Uh...the schedules are filled through 2016. Good luck with that. Maybe on EA NCAA Football.
I hope he comes though and Michigan can smoke his ass.