Michigan will go from the mid-day spotlight to a prime-time audience next weekend.
The Wolverines’ Nov. 6 game against Indiana has been selected for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff on FOX, it was unveiled late Saturday.
The game will take place at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, where Michigan is a perfect 5-0 on the season and Saturday’s game is being promoted as “Military Appreciation Night.” Jim Harbaugh’s team is coming off a 37-33 loss to in-state rival Michigan State on Saturday in East Lansing that dropped the Wolverines to 7-1 on the season.
Michigan will assuredly fall from its No. 6 spot in the rankings this week, also.
Meanwhile, Indiana (2-6) remains winless in Big Ten play following a 38-35 loss at Maryland on Saturday. It was the Hoosiers’ fourth straight loss in what has been a disappointing season for Tom Allen’s team.
Saturday marks the third night game of the season for Michigan, a popular ratings draw for the Big Ten’s TV partners. The Wolverines hosted Washington for a night game on Sept. 11 in Ann Arbor and played Nebraska at night earlier this month, Oct. 9, in Lincoln. FOX elected to put Michigan’s game against Michigan State at noon, the network’s key time slot, over the weekend.
For those wondering, this is the final weekend in which TV networks can make the calls to stage Big Ten football games at night. They can still happen during the month of November, but both schools must agree.
As it stands right now, kickoff times and TV designations for Michigan’s upcoming games at Penn State (Nov. 13) and Maryland (Nov. 20) have not yet been announced. The Wolverines’ regular-season finale against Ohio State on Nov. 27 is already set for a noon kickoff on FOX.
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