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Michigan, Penn State to square off Under the Lights

The University of Michigan officially announced on Monday that Penn State will be U-M's first Big Ten opponent to play under the lights at Michigan Stadium this season.

Gregory Shamus

The previous two contests which featured Notre Dame under the lights at Michigan stadium was a resounding success.

So successful in fact, U-M decided to do it a third time. This time around, the stakes are much higher.

U-M announced Monday that Penn State has been chosen as the opponent on Oct. 11 for their third time under the lights in Michigan Stadium history. However, this will be the first time playing against a Big Ten Conference foe.

"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," said Michigan coach Brady Hoke in a statement. "Our players really enjoy playing in primetime at Michigan Stadium."

This is the first time the Nittany Lions have played in Ann Arbor since 2009.

U-M has also scheduled a second night game earlier in the season, a series-ending showdown with Notre Dame in South Bend on Sept. 6 with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Kickoff  for the Penn State contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will air on either ESPN or ESPN2.

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