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Ohio State, Michigan agree to not play under primetime lights

Gene Smith

Ohio State and Michigan State being given a primetime kickoff in November is a rarity in the Big Ten. This is why you should not expect to see the Buckeyes take on rival Michigan in a primetime time slot anytime soon, at least according to Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith. And while you may not be able to get Ohio State and Michigan to agree on much, keeping the annual rivalry game out of primetime appears to be something the two Big Ten bluebloods see eye-to-eye on.

“[Michigan AD] Dave Brandon, the athletic director at Michigan, and I constantly have conversations that that should not be a night game, and it will not be a night game,” Smith said, according to The Columbus Dispatch. “It won’t be (at night) this year, nor in following years.”

Ohio State is actually playing three home games at night this season. Ohio State opens the season at home against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. on September 6. The Buckeyes also host Cincinnati for a 6 p.m. kickoff on September 27 and Big Ten opponent Illinois at 8 p.m. on November 1. The following week the Buckeyes travel to Michigan State for the rematch of the Big Ten championship game in the primetime showdown. Ohio State also plays in primetime on October 25 when with a visit to Penn State.

How many night games are too much for an individual team? Is it smart for Ohio State and Michigan to agree to not play in primetime, or would you like to see that become a possibility in the future? Remember, it gets pretty cold in late November in Big Ten country.

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8 Responses to “Ohio State, Michigan agree to not play under primetime lights”
  1. jec332 says: Jul 17, 2014 7:31 PM

    Noooooooooo…..LOL. I mean, when was the last time this game was actually relevant? 2006? The B1G is changing with the new members and divisions. This game has only mattered, outside once, in the last decade in that it could ruin OSU’s season. That’s been true of most of OSU’s games.

  2. BrownsTown says: Jul 17, 2014 8:51 PM

    Very kind on OSU’s part not to embarrass UM on national TV during primetime. Certain parts of the country aren’t aware just how subservient UM is to OSU.

  3. BrownsTown says: Jul 17, 2014 8:53 PM

    Rumor has it that Devin Gardner can’t play night games per his 9:30 bedtime…..’cause he’s old and been there since Spielman was patrolling the defensive backfield.

  4. BrownsTown says: Jul 17, 2014 8:54 PM

    And, finally………Hoke is fat.

  5. brianincbus says: Jul 17, 2014 9:19 PM

    Can’t blame the weasels for not wanting to get blasted during primetime.

  6. ytownjoe says: Jul 17, 2014 9:40 PM

    Ticket buying fans on both sides say thank you. It gets cold during late November in the Midwest, especially after dark.

  7. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 18, 2014 5:47 AM

    Lol constant conversations. What are you 2 retarded? What’s there to have constant conversations about? It can be accomplished in 1. What do you think about playing this game at night? I don’t like it. Me either. End of conversation.

    This is a headline from the most corrupt conference in college sports. We all know the only headlines you make on the field Is getting blown out in bowl games

  8. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 21, 2014 10:18 AM

    This is a headline from the most corrupt conference in college sports. We all know the only headlines you make on the field Is getting blown out in bowl games

    Yeah because Michigan State definitely got blown out by Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Oh, wait….

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