Blue Light Special: Notre Dame-Michigan Scheduled As Night Game Again In '13
The Univ. of Michigan yesterday announced its Sept. 7, 2013 home game against Notre Dame "will be in primetime," according to Kyle Meinke of ANNARBOR.com. The game will be "a rematch of last year's Under The Lights" game, which was the "first night game in Michigan Stadium history." Michigan AD Dave Brandon has said that he is "looking to host one night game per year, and wishes to do it within the first five weeks of the season." The announcement, then, is "not a surprise because Notre Dame is the highest-profile matchup within that window." Notre Dame "cancelled games against Michigan in 2015-17, and the series already was headed for hiatus in 2018-19 as Notre Dame begins its partnership with the ACC." The teams' final scheduled game "will be in South Bend" in '14. An official game time "has not been announced, although it will be at night and carried by ABC or ESPN" (ANNARBOR.com, 12/12). The DETROIT NEWS noted before kickoff of the game, Michigan will "honor its 1940 Heisman Trophy winner, the late Tom Harmon." He will be "recognized as a Michigan Football Legend during a pre-game ceremony" (DETROIT NEWS, 12/12).
BACK TO THE BELTWAY: Navy and the Redskins today announced that the Notre Dame-Navy game in '14 will be played at FedExField, marking the first time the schools have played their annual matchup at the venue since '98. The game this year was held at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland (Navy).