Report: Michigan-Penn State will also be a night game
After today’s announcement that Michigan-Wisconsin on October 13th would be Michigan Stadium’s 6th night game ever, The Blueprint learned that Michigan-Penn State will also be a night game.
Per a reliable source, Michigan-Penn State was slated for prime time even before today. The plan for it to be a night game has been in place before the 2018 season even began.
The first night game in Michigan Stadium history took place in 2011 against Notre Dame where Michigan scored the go-ahead touchdown with 2 seconds remaining to cap a chaotic final 2 minutes that saw the lead change 3 times. A then-NCAA record crowd of 114,804 saw Michigan win the instant classic, 35-31.
Two seasons later Michigan once again faced a #14 ranked Notre Dame team in a game billed as “Under the Lights II”. An NCAA-record crowd of 115,109 saw the Wolverines conquer the Fighting Irish again, 41-30. The game still holds the NCAA record for the largest crowd to witness a game in a football stadium.
“Under the Lights III” in 2014 saw a down-and-out Michigan squad take on Penn State in the final year of Brady Hoke’s tenure. Michigan squeaked by in an 18-13 upset victory over the Nittany Lions. The only game that Michigan has ever worn blue pants in.
In 2017 once the new TV deal with the B1G was set into motion, TV networks now had the power to assign night games to teams. Michigan-Michigan State and Michigan-Minnesota were both night games and both were rain-soaked contests that saw a loss and a win respectively.
Michigan is 4-1 all-time in home night games.
Penn State’s full band will be making its return to The Big House for the first time since the 2014 game, as both the Michigan Marching Band and the Penn State Blue Band will be performing a joint halftime show per MGoBlue.com’s promotional schedule.
Michigan Marching Band Halftime Show — Game of Thrones: From the rival kingdoms of Ann Arbor and Happy Valley, the Michigan Marching Band is forming an alliance with the Penn State Blue Band to travel to Westeros. Beware of dragons as the two marching bands join together to perform excerpts from HBO’s wildly popular television series “Game of Thrones.”