Michigan-Minnesota a Real ‘Instant Classic’


ESPN Classic will jump into the live-college-football game Saturday with coverage of the “Little Brown Jug” battle between Michigan and Minnesota.

Officials at the vintage-sports network said the game was shifted due to its historic nature and the possibility that it would be pre-empted by ESPN’s commitment to the Major League Baseball playoffs.

ESPN is slated to air the fourth game of the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and Anaheim Angels at 1 p.m., if the Bosox don’t complete a three-game sweep of the Halos Friday night. ESPN2 will carry the third game of the National League Division Series pitting the Houston Astros against the Atlanta Braves at that time.

If the Minnesota-Michigan game is not pre-empted by baseball, it will be simulcast on both networks. It will also be carried live on ESPN Broadband, which Webcast its first college-football game last week: Illinois and Wisconsin.

ESPN Classic is supporting the 93rd meeting between Michigan and Minnesota with 18 hours of classic games involving the programs, which began at 1 p.m. (EST) Friday.