Fans aren’t the only ones who love football night games.
Players are partial to prime time, too.
“Getting up early sucks, you know,” said Carl Davis, Iowa’s towering defensive tackle. “I wish we could have had some night games.
“Those are always fun.”
When the folks from ESPN/ABC and the Big Ten Network unveiled their night schedule this spring, Iowa was omitted for the second straight year. The league is expected to announce times and networks for other games soon, but the Hawkeyes’ chances of playing under the lights seem slim.
The question is: What sort of sacrifices would you be willing to make in order to see the Hawkeyes shine after dusk?
Midweek games? Iowa State has made a tradition of playing on Thursdays or Fridays, but Big Ten schools have been slow to embrace this trend.
Conference commissioner Jim Delany said this year, “I don’t think while I’m around here you’re going to see Friday night games.”
Delany once thought November night games were taboo, but this year’s slate includes a Nov. 1 showdown between Illinois and Ohio State (on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2), and a Nov. 15 matchup between Michigan State and Maryland (on BTN).
Could Iowa and Nebraska just agree to push a Nov. 28 game back a few hours?
“I don’t even think it’s the TV,” Davis said. “It’s just playing at night. The last time you really probably play at night is high school.”
Iowa has hosted 10 previous night games at Kinnick Stadium and owns a 6-4 record. Last year’s Cy-Hawk game at Iowa State kicked off at 5 p.m. and ended with the Hawkeyes winning 27-21.
No time has been set for this year’s contest, Sept. 13 in Iowa City.
Three Hawkeye games have been set at 11 a.m.: Sept. 27 at Purdue, Oct. 11 against Indiana and Oct. 18 at Maryland.
“You play at 11 o’clock here, it’s early, you’re still trying to wake up the muscles a little bit,” Davis said. “We would like to play in prime time, but we’re just going to take what we’ve got.”
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