Dave Brandon: Michigan amid talks for 2013 night football game
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon has been clear that he would like to host one night game per year.
And he's already got the ball rolling for next year's candidate.
"We're having those discussions now," Brandon said last week, "and I think I know who I want to play."
Brandon wouldn't divulge which matchup he's targeting, although it's believed to be the Sept. 7 game against Notre Dame.
The athletic director said he's focusing on the first five games of each season for the night game. Michigan's home opponents in that span next year are Central Michigan, Notre Dame, Akron and Minnesota.
The Irish are the only big-name opponent in that grouping. If that becomes the night game, it would be a reprisal of last year's "Under The Lights" matchup between Michigan and Notre Dame, a rousing success by most measures.
The Wolverines erased a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit and finished off the Irish with a touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree with 2 seconds left. The dramatics played out to a national TV audience and an NCAA-record crowd of 114,804.
Not bad for the first night game in Big House history. Although, if Brandon has his way, it won't be the last.
"If it works, we'd like to have one night game a year at Michigan Stadium," he said. "As you saw this year, sometimes it's not going to work, but that I think would be a good operating principle.
"What we'll do is once the schedule is put together, we'll look at those first five games and look which one, with the networks, we can schedule, because it's not just our decision. But if we get alignment, we'll pick the game we think is the most exciting -- and, frankly, we can create an atmosphere that's special, and we'd like to create that special atmosphere against an opponent where it's going to give us the greatest competitive advantage."