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Dave Brandon is speaking at a luncheon in Detroit and answering lots of semi-interesting questions. One was about a night game in 2013. He said definitely, but did not give away the opponent. MGoBlog has a thread speculating on the opponent and most seem to think it will be either ND again or Minnesota. I don't see a repeat game this quickly against ND (especially since we are playing them at night again in SB this year). Minnesota is a possibility, but the whole point of a night game is TV ratings and extra hype and exposure. It's hard to see how a match-up with Minny fits that profile. IMO that leaves one choice ... Nebraska. Now, there is a myth floating around (it is regularly repeated on MGoBlog) that the B10 has a rule against games starting later than 3:30 pm EST after October. It is exactly that, a myth, because no such rule exists. Apparently there is some language in our TV deal with ABC/ESPN requiring both parties to agree and requiring that the decision be made relatively early (i.e. no later than the previous spring)*, but I'm sure the Great Brandon has this already worked out or he would not have said "definitely" when answering the question about a night game in the first place.
So, anyone think I am wrong about Nebraska? If so, why?
* See http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/12592/november-night-games-not-impossible-in-bt
I think it's ND or Nebraska.
I would doubt it's Minnesota.
We are college football
FWIW it's not unthinkable for us to play two night games in a season. The lack of an obvious quality home game opponent on our schedule this season resulted in no night game, so having two next season would really only be "catching up". In that case, I could see both ND and Nebraska as night games next year. But it also would mean three night games in a row against ND. UM and ND might hesitate to do that for fear it will begin to make the event less special.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by MrWoodson 20 months ago
I would love it for it to be osu! Every odd year we have Nebraska and osu i would like it if they kept rotating the two.
I’m probably in the minority with this but I would like to see the OSU game become a night game, but IIRC teams are not allowed to have night games in November in the B1G.
Maybe when the game finally gets moved back earlier in the season?
Brandon has said UM will not be doing night games for B10 rivalry games in the near future. Not sure I get the reasoning, because ND also is a rivalry game, but I think he is worried about drunk MSU and OSU fans causing trouble. IMO he's probably far more worried about MSU fans than OSU fans, but his comments have been taken by most people to mean both.
No. That rule is a myth. Iowa played at Minnesota in a November night game in 2008. Adam Rittenberg even covered the topic on his blog at one point ... http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/12592/november-night-games-not-impossible-in-bt
I think It'll be ND. Brandon also said he didn't want to do a night game in November because of the weather.
"Comfort of our fans (is important). You kick one off at 8 p.m. in November and the winds are howling with the wind chill factor, it's tough. ... We're trying to make it a celebration, positive event. Not a toughness test. That's why I think doing it earlier in the season makes sense."
I suppose you could kickoff at like 6 and have it still be at night, but not sure how networks would look at that.
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I think you guys are putting too much faith in Brandon. Minnesota wouldn't surprise me one bit.
Isn't Minnesota homecoming next year? Gonna piss off a lot of older alumni if you move homecoming kickoff to 7:30 pm.
This post was edited by MrWoodson 20 months ago
Sounds like ND again, then. Too bad. Would rather see Nebraska. It also could be a critical game in the race for the division. Why not make them both night games?
Yea good point i guess. Although I've always thought its pretty easy to dress for a cold game. Looks like its ND again then. When is Nebraska next year?
I could see Minnesota and playing up the Little Brown Jug angle. Could also see Nebraska, as it's still early November and shouldn't be too cold.
If we didn't do it for MSU, we won't do it for Ohio. Buckeye fans are even worse than Sparty fans at trashing the city.
Wonder if that was because it was indoor at the time though. I have heard the outdoor rule in November as well.
OSU hosting Nebraska night game for homecoming this year. I know it is a much more quality opponent, but even Indiana gets night games so to think DB would want an easy win in a night game against Minny is not outrageous.
The Big East and northern ACC teams play in November. The fans will come and the cold is part of football.
I was there at the Detroit Economic Club meeting today! Some good info from him. He said they are trying to get out of playing at UConn and finding a bigger venue for it. Below are a couple of pictures I got from it today.
This post was edited by SuhOwnsYou 20 months ago
It wont be Nebraska that game is in Nov. It will be Penn State book it that game is in early Oct best time to play a night game.
Could care less who it is as long as we get that free national tv exposure to recruits in different part of the country. A Butt whooping on Minny then lifting the Little Brown Jug would be cool.
My thoughts on night games:
-Brandon doesn't want it to be a novelty, and will do every other year, and more likely once every year (I would like to see once a year)...here is a quote from his article from annarbor.com:
"My plan is to play one night game at Michigan Stadium (every year), it didn't work out this year," he said. "We'll try again in 2013 and try to find the best matchup with the most fan interest and we'll look at that every year. It doesn't have to be the same team every year, in fact, it's probably better if it's not the same team every year.
-This is a great recruiting event to get elites on campus for an official....earlier in the year means better weather, you get the prospects on campus earlier, and have longer to build that relationship
-I've heard Hoke say that the Ohio game will always be at noon or 3pm....Bo always played the game at that time, and that time slot is apart of the tradition of the game
-I can see MSU being a night game in 2 years. I mean if LSU and Bama can do a night game (their regular season match up last year), there should be no reason it can't be pulled of in A2....hire some extra security and police big deal
DB was asked directly (about a year ago) about doing MSU or OSU as night games and he said he was generally against it because they already are "heated" enough. I think that was code for saying he didn't want to add an entire day of drinking on both sides to the mix. The problem is if you take everything DB has said on the subject - no MSU or OSU, no November dates, no same team every year, etc, etc - you are left with some pretty meh choices. That is basically why we don't have a night game this year. Something has to give, so I guess we will have to wait and see.
IMO it does seem sort of dumb to go forward with night games for TV and PR reasons and then create so many restrictions that you end up playing Minnesota. The only people who care about the Little Brown Jug are Michigan and Minnesota fans and we will watch the game even if it's on at noon. A prime time game deserves a prime time match up like ND v. UM last year. Minny v. UM is not in the same conversation.
He says this competently as he has already let you down
In 2013, the PSU game is in Happy Valley. In 2014, the PSU game might be the night game in AA but I also could see them going with the Utah game.
Why has he let me down? I support DB and his decisions to date
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