ESPN’s GameDay coming to Ann Arbor for ND tilt

Published 11:24 am Sunday, August 7, 2011

BRISTOL, Conn. — ESPN College Football GameDay will make a return trip to Ann Arbor, for the first time since the 2007 season, when Michigan hosts Notre Dame in the “Under the Lights” matchup Saturday, Sept. 10, the cable network announced Friday.

The U-M/Notre Dame game kicks off at 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. Former U-M Heisman Trophy winner (1991) and current ESPN College Football GameDay analyst Desmond Howard will be honored in conjunction with the game.

The Wolverines, who are 13-7 all-time when GameDay is present, will be making their first appearance on the morning preview show since hosting Ohio State Nov. 17, 2007. This also will be the 10th time GameDay visits Ann Arbor, as U-M is 7-2 at the “Big House.” The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry has been showcased four other times by ESPN, including twice in Ann Arbor. The last time ESPN was at a Wolverine-Fighting Irish tilt was Sept. 13, 2003, when No. 5 Michigan defeated No. 15 Notre Dame, 38-0.

Howard, a 1991 consensus All-American, was recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as the only Heisman Trophy winner in the 14-member class. He became the first receiver in history to lead the Big Ten Conference in scoring and he set or tied five NCAA records and 12 single-season Michigan records during his senior year.

The exact location of the award winning college football show will be announced at a future date.