Michigan to play Rutgers in primetime, third night game this season

Gregory Shamus

Michigan and the Big Ten announced Tuesday that Michigan will face Rutgers at night on Oct. 6 with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. It is Michigan's third scheduled primetime game of the 2014 season and first meeting between the two in program history.

If two helpings of night games in primetime this season doesn't whet the appetite for Michigan football, the Big Ten Network made sure to add a third to be certain.

The network released their schedule of night games on Tuesday which included Michigan's matchup against Rutgers on Oct. 6. For the third time this season, Michigan will be playing in primetime against the Scarlet Knights with kickoff scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.

The 2014 season is the first for Rutgers in their new conference. It also marks the first time the two teams have met in their storied histories. Rutgers, who is entering its 145th season of football this season, is tied with Princeton for the oldest college football program in existence.

Michigan's trip to Piscataway is the front-end of a back-to-back night game schedule, with the Wolverines facing Penn State the next week on Oct. 11 for Under the Lights III (7:30 p.m. kickoff, ESPN/ESPN2). Michigan's trip to South Bend to face Notre Dame on Sept. 6 marks their first primetime game of the season (7:30 p.m.,NBC).

The Big Ten Conference will also make history this season by televising their first night game in the month of November. Michigan State is visiting Maryland on Nov. 15 with a kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m.

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