The Big Ten will add Friday night games to its football schedule starting next season.
Commissioner Jim Delany told the Chicago Tribune Wednesday that the league’s new TV contract with ESPN/ABC and Fox will include a package of six prime time Friday games.
The matchups are expected to be revealed this week, but as of Wednesday afternoon nothing has been announced.
“All things considered, we thought it was worthwhile to dip our toe in the water,” Delany told the Chicago Tribune.
Historically, the Big Ten had turned down Friday night games with the exception of Labor Day weekend, citing a conflict with high school football and concerns about impacting class time and campus logistics. The report said Delany is hesitant to host Friday games at schools with massive seating capacities, which would include Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State. Michigan also told the Big Ten it will not play on Friday.
This could mean the Gophers would be a candidate for Friday night lights, though the schedule has yet to be publicized.
Three of the games will be conference matchups and the other three nonconference, all played in September and October. No team will play on Friday more than once.
The Pac-12, Big 12 and ACC all played Friday night games this season. The SEC only plays Saturday outside of Labor Day weekend.