Games at Michigan, Purdue to kick at night

All four of Notre Dame's true road games in 2012 kicked off in prime time. Two of the first three announced kicks for 2013 will start under the lights as well.

The Irish's Sept. 7 and Sept. 14 games at Big Ten rivals Michigan and Purdue will both kick at 8 p.m. ET and air on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, ESPN announced Monday.

The Mountain West Conference had announced Friday that Air Force's Oct. 26 home game against Notre Dame will kick off at 3 p.m. Mountain Time (5 ET).

The Irish played night games at both Michigan and Purdue during the 2011 season, losing the memorable first night contest in the history of the Big House and routing the Boilermakers three weeks later, 38-10.

As colleague Adam Rittenberg notes, 2013 will mark the fifth straight season that the Irish play a night contest at a Big Ten venue.

Notre Dame's Nov. 9 and Nov. 30 games at Pitt and at Stanford are the only two without announced start times.

Here is the Irish's 2013 schedule with networks and start times.

  • Aug. 31: Temple, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC

  • Sept. 7: at Michigan, 8 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

  • Sept. 14: at Purdue, 8 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

  • Sept. 21: Michigan State, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC

  • Sept. 28: Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC

  • Oct. 5: Arizona State in Arlington, Texas, 6:30 p.m. CT, NBC

  • Oct. 19: USC, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC

  • Oct. 26: at Air Force, 3 p.m. MT, CBS Sports Network

  • Nov. 2: Navy, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC

  • Nov. 9: at Pitt, TBD, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

  • Nov. 23: BYU, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC

  • Nov. 30: at Stanford, TBD, Fox