B1G announces schedule for Friday night games in 2017
The B1G’s news of Friday night football drew many opinions.
Many claimed that the conference was chasing the money and doing a disservice to high school football. Others didn’t really see it as much of a big deal.
Whatever the case, B1G Friday night football is happening in 2017.
On Tuesday, the conference announced what the first-year schedule will look like:
Every game will be televised on either ESPN or Fox, as part of the conference’s new TV deal.
That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Illinois, Maryland and Northwestern are the schools that will host Friday night games. The conference stated that big venues wouldn’t have to host more than once every three years.
Interesting, however, it is that two B1G teams will kick off the season on Friday night. Add in Michigan State and the B1G will have three Friday night games to start 2017.
And the B1G said that the conference wouldn’t have any team playing multiple Friday night games in a season, but Northwestern has two Friday night tilts. That was after Pat Fitzgerald voiced his opposition to the new scheduling wrinkle.
Penn State and Michigan, the two schools that voiced they would not host Friday night games — Michigan said it wouldn’t participate in home or road games — didn’t get a Friday night game at all.