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Michigan will host its first-ever Big Ten night game against Penn State on Oct. 11

Sam Cooper
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Sep 7, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; A panoramic view of Michigan Stadium during kickoff between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Michigan Wolverines. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

Believe it or not, Michigan has never hosted a Big Ten night game at the Big House. That will all change on Oct. 11 when the Wolverines host Penn State for a 7 p.m. showdown – the third night game in the history of Michigan Stadium. Both schools announced the news Monday.

“The night game atmosphere created by our fans has been electric and we expect that same type of energy for our first-ever conference night game against Penn State,” Michigan head coach Brady Hoke said in a release. “Our players really enjoy playing in primetime at Michigan Stadium.”

The Wolverines’ first two primetime games were against Notre Dame in 2011 and 2013. Both games resulted in wins for Michigan. Michigan will again play the Fighting Irish under the lights in 2014, but this time it will take place in South Bend on Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Michigan and Penn State, both members of the East division, will now play annually as part of the new East-West divisional alignment in the Big Ten. Last October, Penn State knocked off Michigan 43-40 in a four-overtime thriller at Beaver Stadium.

Both teams are coming off seven-win seasons. In what ended up being Bill O’Brien’s last game as head coach, Penn State finished the season with a flourish in a 31-24 upset at Wisconsin to finish 7-5. Michigan’s season ended at 7-6 with a 31-14 loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

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