But not all Big Ten schools will participate, apparently.
The Friday night games came into play because of the league's new agreement with ESPN/ABC and Fox. "In fact, over the last three years, each of those conferences has had double-digit games on Friday nights". Schools with huge stadiums, such as?
According to Rudner, the number of Friday night college games are on the upswing. With so many networks broadcasting games and needing to fill time slots, conferences have been playing games on weeknights for a while, and it was a situation that worked out well for all involved.
"All things considered", Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said via the Tribune, "we thought it was worthwhile to dip our toe in the water". "We're not moving into November with Friday night, but some of those other 12 prime time games could be in November, early November specifically".
As for Ohio State, don't expect to see the Buckeyes at home on a Friday next year, but the school isn't ruling it out in the future. But he wasn't sure whether an OSU away game might be tapped as one of the six in 2017. The annual Black Friday game against Iowa does not count in this discussion. "We think it is a great opportunity for significant exposure and more favorable use of national platforms for football".
Another big question will be whether the Big Ten's premier programs will be fully on board. And no team will play more than twice.
"We are supportive of it", Smith said of move.
In 2017 specifically, Rudner said the league will schedule games on the Friday before Labor Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving, with an additional four games being slotted in September and October. "We battled for a long time to try to be respectful obviously for high school football". Rudner said that percentage will continue for at least the next six years. Did the Big Ten look at televising games on Thursday nights? One could argue that the Big Ten has the best football teams at the top of its conference in the Power 5. "For traditionalists, its going to be different", Rudner said.