Michigan to host Penn St. in Big House's first Big Ten night game

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Michigan hosted Notre Dame in a 2013 night game.
Michigan hosted Notre Dame in a 2013 night game. (USATSI)
It's not really a big deal any more that Michigan is hosting a night game at the Big House. The Wolverines played Notre Dame in primetime at the Big House in both 2011 and 2013, setting a national attendance record last year. And it's even less of a big deal when Big Ten teams play night games, with the conference adding more and more primetime games every season.

But a Big Ten night game at Michigan? That's a very big deal indeed, because that's never been done before -- until this coming Oct. 11, anyway.

Michigan, Penn State and the Big Ten announced Monday that the Wolverines' 2014 game against the Nittany Lions will be played under the Big House's (temporary) lights, with kickoff on ESPN or ESPN2 set for 7 p.m. ET.

"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," Brady Hoke said in a statement. "Our players really enjoy playing in primetime at Michigan Stadium."

The game will also mark the first time the Wolverines will ever play two night games at home in the same season; the Notre Dame game scheduled for Sept. 6 will also be played in primetime. That game is the final one currently scheduled for the longtime rivalry between two of the sport's all-time winningest programs.

And meanwhile, somewhere, an LSU fan just kind of scratches his head.

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