Ok, we know there are three night games. Let’s see where we’re at and which ones still need a time.
Sept. 5 — Northern Iowa (TBA)
Sept. 12 — @Iowa State (11 a.m., Fox Sports Net)
Sept. 19 — Arizona (TBA)
Sept. 26 — @Penn State (7 p.m. ABC or ESPN)
Oct. 3 — Arkansas State (TBA)
Oct. 10 — Michigan (7 p.m. ABC or ESPN)
Oct. 17 — @Wisconsin (11 a.m. ESPN, ESPN2 or Big Ten Network)
Oct. 24 — @Michigan State (6 p.m. BTN))
Oct. 31 — Indiana (TBA)
Nov. 7 — Northwestern (TBA)
Nov. 14 — @Ohio State (TBA)
Nov. 21 — Minnesota (TBA)
If UNI kicked off after 11 a.m., I’d be shocked. It could happen if it goes BTN, but I’d be shocked. Same for Arkansas State. That’s got to be headed toward 11 a.m. Indiana and Northwestern smell like 11 a.m., but track the ‘Cats. If they have success, it could push that game to a later start.
The Arizona game is interesting. I don’t see it kicking off at 11 a.m. My guess would be a regional 2:30 start. Ohio State could be headed the same way. Pending Michigan and Rich Rod’s second-year bounce factor, the Hawkeyes could pose the biggest threat to Ohio State’s fifth consecutive Big Ten title. I’m thinking 2:30 here, in the Horseshoe, sea of red (or scarlet).
Minnesota will be 11 a.m. Gophers’ success could change that, but Nov. 21, late fall Iowa weather, I expect 11 a.m. I wrote a story after Iowa’s home night game against Syracuse. AD Gary Barta said one home night game a season was a good fit for Iowa. Two weeks of major changes in protocol and personnel would be tough to pull off, he said.