The Big Ten Conference finally gave in to the almighty dollar and decided to schedule football games on six Friday nights beginning next season.
The conference had always avoided scheduling Friday night games in deference to high school football, but the league’s new TV deal will include six per season through 2022.
Conference heavyweights Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State are not scheduled to play on a Friday night next year since those programs already receive a lot of national TV exposure playing on Saturdays.
Ohio University will play at Purdue on Friday, Sept. 8.
Several Big Ten assistant coaches say they are worried that Friday night games will hurt recruiting, but the lesser-known programs in the conference crave the national exposure.
Ohio State’s path to the Big Ten championship game took a detour when Michigan lost to Iowa last Saturday night.
OSU now needs to win out and hope Penn State loses one of its last two games.
Even if the Buckeyes don’t make it to the conference title game, it’s hard to see how they could be left out of the playoff if they win their last two regular season games.
Trivia Time – Dick Stanfel was inducted posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
This week’s question – What was Ohio University football coach Frank Solich’s record as head coach at Nebraska?
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