Michigan’s first visit to Penn State since 2001 will be played in primetime, marking the first time the Big Ten rivals have played each other at night. ABC will nationally televise the Saturday, Oct. 14 clash at 8 p.m. ET from Beaver Stadium. ABC has televised 10 of the previous 11 meetings, with ESPN carrying the other contest. The telecast is the second announced TV appearance of the 2006 season for the Nittany Lions, who have appeared on television 138 of their last 140 games. Penn State’s Saturday, Sept. 9 game at Notre Dame will kick at 3:30 ET and be nationally televised by NBC. All of Penn State’s games during the past two seasons have been televised. The Nittany Lions and Wolverines will be meeting in Happy Valley for the first time in five years. The Nittany Lions’ last home night game was October 8, 2005, as Penn State captured a 17-10 thriller over Ohio State in front of an electric crowd of 109,839 and a huge ESPN audience. More than 4.4 million viewers tuned in and the game earned a 4.91 cumulative rating, delivering the second largest audience ever for a regular season college football game on ESPN.
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