The Big Ten is certainly one of the most competitive leagues in college football, but in an effort to perhaps create a bit more excitement around B1G football games, the league has decided to make some schedule changes.
According to Kevin Kelley of fbsschedules.com, who cites an official statement from the Big Ten, the league has decided to move the dates of five football games in the 2018 season.
Notably, all of those games will be played on weekday nights. Three of those weekday games are actually in-conference contests.
Northwestern against Purdue will be moved to a Thursday in late August. Penn State at Illinois will be played on Friday in late September and Indiana and Minnesota will play under the Friday night lights in late October.
On Friday, Aug. 31, two non-conference games featuring Big Ten teams will take place on Friday night. Utah State will play in East Lansing against Michigan State on Friday night and Western Kentucky will head to Camp Randall to take on Wisconsin.
Kelley explains more about this weekday phenomenon:
“The Big Ten Conference began playing football games on Friday night this season. However, some conference members objected to the idea and will not play home games on Friday nights.”
Friday night is, of course, known as a huge high school football night, and it makes sense that some Big Ten teams would object to playing on Friday nights for that very reason. Not only does it kill the allure of college football Saturdays, but that could interfere with official or unofficial visits from recruits, who would be playing at the same time.
With that said, it is a good way for the league to get some prime-time programming, and on campus, the Friday night vibe could certainly lead to some great college football night game atmospheres.