Big Ten football fans can get ready for more Friday night games.

FOX Sports announced Thursday that starting this fall, a new special package of Friday night college football games will be broadcast on FOX. Big Ten, Big 12 and Mountain West teams will be featured in the Friday night lineup.

“FOX is football, and our new Friday night package will make FOX the leader in America’s game throughout the weekend,” Michael Mulvihill, President, Insight and Analytics, FOX Corporation said in a released statement. “We’ve built our collegiate business by seizing opportunities in previously underutilized timeslots, first with BIG NOON SATURDAY and now on Friday nights. Our goal this fall is to have the No. 1 college football game on both Fridays and Saturdays and the top NFL game on Sundays.”

Andrew Marchand of The Athletic reports that FOX still plans to showcase its feature game of the week with the “Big Noon Kickoff” on Saturday.

Back in November, the B1G revealed its full 2024 schedule for the conference’s inaugural season as an 18-team league with the additions of UCLA, USC, Oregon and Washington.

“Selected Saturday games in the 2024 season may be adjusted to select Fridays and other special dates, including Labor Day Sunday and Black Friday,” the November announcement noted.

Friday games are not foreign to the Big Ten. The big difference is that those games aired on FS1 and the Big Ten Network.

FOX says it will be announcing its broadcasting schedule, including the Friday night package at a later date.

There are no indications yet of which teams will be featured on Friday nights. It’s not immediately clear if the network will be elevating FS1/BTN-type games to FOX, or looking to showcase programs that have not traditionally played Friday games. FOX’s announcement does not address if FS1/BTN Friday night games will continue.

Working fans of some teams may mourn the loss of a Saturday spent tailgating at the stadium, but the media rights deals that bring megabucks to the conference often come attached with changes to the fan experience.

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