The revival of the Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry game last year was fun enough for fans, but even more exciting to see in prime time. With the Wolverines hosting the game this year, the school has to make a decision whether to host it at night as well.
According to Saturday Tradition, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel recently spoke about the possibility of hosting the game at night. He pointed out that Michigan will get to pick two night games to host this year, and one of those slots has already been allocated to their August 31 home opener against Middle Tennessee.
Manuel also noted that the time has to be agreed upon between both sides but that he’s not partial to playing night games. The last five editions of the Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry have been played in prime time.
“It’s all within the first 10 weeks of the season, counting any byes,” Manuel said on the podcast. “Notre Dame falls into that, but Michigan State does not. So (MSU) will either be a noon or 3:30 start. “And if it does after that — because the two ADs have to agree to do it — I’m not interested in playing night games.” […] “It is a possibility,” Manuel said. “In general, I prefer to play during the day time. I understand television is important, in particular financially, to members of our league and to us. There could be another night game. That is certainly true.”
To date, six of Michigan’s games have had their times announced.
As for the Fighting Irish, eight of their games have already had the times announced. Two of them – at Louisville and home versus USC – have already been given prime time slots.
Last year Notre Dame won 24-17, kicking off what would be a 12-0 regular season en route to the team’s first-ever appearance in the College Football Playoff.
The prior game between the two sides was in 2014, with Notre Dame pulling out a historic 31-0 victory, their largest margin of victory ever over Michigan.
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