Under The Lights

Submitted by goblue16 on December 17th, 2013 at 7:40 PM

For those of you who are bored like me i thought id share the 2011 and 2013 Michigan-Notre Dame night games. Ill never forget the 2011 game. Denard was magical running the Michigan offense for the big comeback. It just seemed that everything went our way that day. Night games at Michigan Stadium have been epic. The game atmospheres are the best i have ever seen at Michigan Stadium. Has the athletic department said when the next night game would be? Personally i would have 1 game at night every year no matter the opponent. Mybe penn st next season. thoughts?




December 18th, 2013 at 11:06 AM ^

I like the idea of night games, but does an awesome night game make the noon start vs. "MAC Regional School A&M State" that more boring?  

I hate seeing huge swaths of the student section empty


Not sure they are related, but that game vs. Akron had horrible visuals to a TV audience


December 18th, 2013 at 11:54 AM ^

That Akron game had the Athletic Department changing the student ticket general admission policy where every row was packed in to capacity before people were allowed to sit higher in the stadium.  This made the holes more obvious, since instead of being holes it was literally 50 *completely* empty rows at the start of the broadcast.


December 19th, 2013 at 8:57 AM ^

^^^ This.

Fans, recruits, the media are watching more than just once a year.  Put your best foot forward as often as you can.

It worked for Penn State.  Having grown up in PA and having brothers that went to PSU, I've followed that program for a long time.  Penn State day games are just another BCS football game.  It's their night games and the white out they do with them that put them on the map as a "phenomenal game environment".  Before they started doing that, there was nothing noteworthy.

Like Penn State, the difference between Michigan day and night games is like . . . um, day and night.



December 17th, 2013 at 8:05 PM ^

The whole playing app st game is shit. Why play them again if we win its meaningless and u know all there gonna do is show us those highlights all over agian. hell most people probably forgot bout the game why bring back horrible memories?? While there at it why not schedule toledo agian


December 17th, 2013 at 8:11 PM ^

This reminds me - has anyone gone up to the broadcast booth to check on Don Criqui? I believe he had been waiting for some signal, and I have to think that if he hasn't seen it by now, then it may never happen. In any case, I would think the weather and Winter Classic preparations have obscured the source of the signal. 


December 17th, 2013 at 9:27 PM ^

Personal preference I suppose. The reason why I liked the UTL games was because they were and felt like national spectacles in the college football landscape... Two storied programs meeting early in the season with potential national title implications. Scheduling a night game against Maryland wouldn't be the same (not saying that would be the opponent).


December 17th, 2013 at 9:49 PM ^

Bama played night games (kick after 6 ET):

Colorado State, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State

Ohio State:

Cal, WIsconsin, Northwestern, Penn State


Murray State, Indiana, Arkansas State, Vandy, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ole Miss, A&M


Florida State,Old Dominion, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame

Notre Dame:

Michigan, Purdue, Arizona State, USC, Pitt, Stanford


A small sample spread amongst conferences, locales, weather...


December 18th, 2013 at 1:40 AM ^

I think TV plays a big role in if there will be a night game next year.  Let's face it, a night game on BTN probably isn't going to have the same 'WOW' factor as a game on ABC or ESPN.  As others have said, the home schedule is pretty weak next year.  The only game I could see ABC or ESPN thinking about putting in there evening slot is PSU.


December 17th, 2013 at 8:56 PM ^

I agree they should be special games, but with 2014's home schedule being so weak, it would be great if they had two night games.  That would make the price of next year's season tickets actually worth it, maybe.

Moonlight Graham

December 17th, 2013 at 8:56 PM ^

this year's (I know, dreadful, and I think on BTN) game in Happy Valley and do a 6:00 start or something like that on ESPN? Or 8:00, whatever. I don't think Utah or Minnesota would create much excitement. 

If we do that, the future schedules set up where UM could play an early-ish Big Ten game against a "brand name" team in early October each year — I've heard a Bill Simonson interview with Dave Brandon where he's used almost those exact words to describe what he envisions. So...

2014 Penn State

2015 Northwestern

2016 Wisconsin

2017 Michigan State (yes, I know ... perhaps a 5 or 6:00 start?)

2018 Nebraska

2019 Iowa

Each of these games falls within the first two weeks of October. Perhaps in 2020 that rotation can begin again and we'll skip Minny, Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland and Rutgers (and maybe NW next time around) unless one of them suddenly becomes consistently good.

Love UTL ... been to both of 'em. Looking forward to more.  


December 17th, 2013 at 8:56 PM ^

I think 1 night game each year would be awesome! Penn State would be great for a night game. I would love for Michigan to magically somehow beat them by 20+ next year. Never liked PSU and this year made me dislike them even more.


December 19th, 2013 at 9:02 AM ^

Plus, fair is fair . . . they always play us at night at their place.  And our record since they started doing it is not good.

They are in our division now, so we need to take advantage of any edge we can get.  Since we have ruled out night games against OSU and MSU, we need to at least take advantage of them against one of our top division foes.



December 17th, 2013 at 9:06 PM ^

Brandon already said UM is planning to host one night game each year. PSU is the only logical 2014 game to do this. I am planning on it - already booked my hotel room.

Victor Valiant

December 17th, 2013 at 9:53 PM ^

I will absolutely be there if PSU is the night game for 2014. They marked the start of the spiral downward this year. I'd like nothing more than to see us blow them out by 20 on national television.