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Notre Dame and Michigan made history in 2011 when they played the first night game at Michigan Stadium. The two rivals will meet again under the lights next season.
In a move that surprises no one, the Wolverines announced on Wednesday that their Sept. 7, 2013, home game against the Irish will be a primetime game on ABC or ESPN, the third straight night game between these two teams. The exact kickoff time will be decided at a later date.
The 2011 meeting was one of the most exciting games you'll ever see, as Michigan rallied for a 35-31 victory on Denard Robinson's 16-yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree with two seconds left. I was at that game, and it was one of the most special atmospheres I've ever witnessed. Let's see if the two can do it again.
It will be hard to top the 2011 matchup, but this one has a few things going for it. Next year's game will be the last between Notre Dame and Michigan at the Big House for the foreseeable future, as the two will take a long hiatus in their series. The Irish notified the Wolverines they were canceling their 2015-17 games earlier this year, while the two schools were already scheduled to take a break in 2018-19. It's unclear when or if the rivalry will resume now that Notre Dame is set to become a partial ACC member.
The No. 1 Irish could also come to Ann Arbor as the defending national champions if they beat Alabama in the BCS title game.
Michigan will also honor 1940 Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon and install him as an official Michigan Football Legend during a pregame ceremony.
Here's what Wolverines athletic director Dave Brandon said in the school's official release:
“Our athletic department is looking forward to recreating the night game magic from two years ago. We have more in store for this game than the initial night game and will work hard to create many WOW moments. One of those magical moments will be the honoring of Tom Harmon. He is one of the greatest athletes in school history and we are excited to celebrate all that he accomplished at Michigan. Having Tom’s ‘Old 98’ back on the field will be special. This will be a memorable evening for everyone at Michigan Stadium or watching the game on TV."
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