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Add another night game: Purdue slated for after dark

May 12, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

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Jeez – You take the time to write a column about all the night games on the schedule and then ESPN goes and announces that the one game we barely covered moves to an evening affair.

Purdue has joined the moonlight theme of the 2011 season by taking on the Irish after dark, with the October 1st date now scheduled for 8 p.m. They join the Irish’s date with Michigan at 8 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Notre Dame’s evening battle against the Trojans, Maryland in the nation’s capital, and Stanford after Thanksgiving in the highly coveted evening slot on Saturday night.

The start-time for the games against Pitt, which has a high likelihood of being played at night, and ND’s date with Wake Forest could also be set for late, which would essentially turn this into a bizarro season.

(Also of note: ESPN included the Irish’s preseason ESPN No. 17 ranking…)

From today’s release:

ESPN has selected seven Big Ten Conference college football games for prime time telecasts on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 in 2011. The schedule includes at least one team in the College Football Live preseason top 25 poll in every game and four matchups between ranked squads. Every telecast will begin at 8 p.m. ET. Additional games will be announced as the season progresses.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sep 1 8 p.m. UNLV at No. 14 Wisconsin ESPN
Sat, Sep 10 8 p.m. No. 17 Notre Dame at Michigan ESPN
Sat, Oct 1 8 p.m. No. 17 Notre Dame at Purdue ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  8 p.m. No. 13 Nebraska at No. 14 Wisconsin ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 8 8 p.m. No. 10 Ohio State at No. 13 Nebraska ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 22 8 p.m. No. 14 Wisconsin at No. 16 Michigan State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Oct 29 8 p.m. No. 14 Wisconsin at No. 10 Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

Just about every Irish fan’s calendar filled up on Saturday night for the fall. We might need to turn next season’s live-blogs into social outings.

  1. papadec - May 12, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    ESPN jumping on the Irish Bandwagon. Will wonders never cease?

  2. borromini - May 13, 2011 at 12:10 AM


    I heard that the Pitt game is likely during the day as the Pirates have fan appreciation that night with fireworks slated as part of the agenda. Doubt the Panthers want to compete with that.

    • ndreece - May 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM

      The thing working in our favor is the fact that the Pirates have no fans.

      • 1notredamefan - May 13, 2011 at 7:22 PM

        That my man is so true, went to the game last night and there had to be less then 2000 fans! It was Pitiful!! I’m more than pleased with our night venue’s and won’t be crying if Pitt is early but I can’t Imagine either we would have to worry about the Pirates influencing the decision.

        GO IRISH!!!!!

        What about that Harrison Smith guy Keith? Haven’t heard much from ya about him! I think we are in for a show this year with this defense!!

  3. paiten34 - May 13, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    This is huge, now 10 out of 12 ND games are nationally televised. Now 5 out of the 10 televised games will show in prime time. The 2 other games could also be added to the TV schedule. Imagine what this does for recruiting. Being able to tell a recruit that at ND you will be on national TV 10 out of 12 possible games. No other program can match that.

  4. ndnut - Jun 21, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Couldn’t fireworks be declared a possible distraction during the game by either side? I wouldn’t want a firework robbing Floyd of a TD catch and neither should you.

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