UPDATE Nov. 10, 2014 9:39 p.m.: Buckeye Sports Bulletin's Jeff Svoboda shared the following:
Text from Gene Smith on Ohio State-Michigan possibly being at night: "Not happening."— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) November 11, 2014
UPDATE Nov. 10, 2014 9:06 p.m.: Carrie Miller, Associate Director of Student Activities for OUAB, clarified to Land-Grant Holy Land that they had to choose a placeholder time on the Beat Michigan event website and that the time of the game is still to be determined.
UPDATE Nov. 10, 2014 9:04 p.m.: Ohio State sent out invites for an event set to take place the morning of Nov. 29. The context of the email makes it pretty clear the kickoff is expected to be an early afternoon one:
@Landgrant33 Got an invite today for an OSU event starting 3.5 hours before kickoff. Clearly states "morning" pic.twitter.com/u0cXB0gul6— Abed Darwish (@misternumbers) November 11, 2014
So, take this with the appropriate grain of salt as it's straight out of the Internet plane-tracking playbook rumor mill, but bear with us here for a second. As first pointed out by reader Josh Poloha, Ohio State's Beat Michigan Week event page for the actual 2014 edition of The Game has a pretty curious listing in terms of when that game is expected to be going down.
Though in the past the possibility of Ohio State-Michigan being a night game has been a total non-starter from just about anyone of importance (Gene Smith, et al), this particular site, for whatever reason, lists the date and time of this year's game as being "November 29 @ 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM":
The contact on that screen shot told Land-Grant Holy Land that the information on the screen grab above is inaccurate and t
The Game historically has almost always been a noon or 1 p.m. ET kick, but in 2006, when the Buckeyes were No. 1 and the Wolverines No. 2, ESPN and ABC moved the kickoff to 3:30 p.m. The end of the game marked one of the only times we've ever seen the two teams play against one another at night. Now former Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is one of the few voices associated with the rivalry who's spoken publicly about the possibility of a night game and done so in a fashion not completely ruling it out.
While the 8 p.m. listing on the website in question could definitely be a placeholder of sorts and little more, the rumors surrounding black uniforms would certainly make a ton more sense if this happened to be the first The Game to take place in primetime in the series' history. Interestingly enough, the countdown clock on the front page associated with that event also points to an 8 p.m. kickoff time:
We'll have more on this interesting development as it comes to light.