For as long as Ohio State and Michigan have met on the football field, they’ve done it during the day. Sure, occasionally the game will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. E.T. and by the third quarter, it’s dark out, but never have the Buckeyes and Wolverines played a true night contest.
That’s likely not going to change anytime soon.
“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,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith told the Columbus Dispatch. “It won’t be (at night) this year, nor in following years.”
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller wouldn’t mind if that changed, though.
OSU-Michigan at night? “I feel like it should be. If it’s gonna be a night game, it’s gotta be earlier in the season,” says Braxton Miller.
— Patrick Maks (@maksimuspatrick) July 29, 2014
If Ohio State and Michigan were to play at night, the game would likely have to be moved to earlier in the season, something most Buckeye and Wolverine fans would see as a sin. The two programs annually play at the end of the regular season.
With the addition of the Big Ten Championship Game and two potential College Football Playoff games to the schedule, it could benefit the two programs to play earlier in the year. Having to play Ohio State/Michigan-Big Ten West champion-Two CFB Playoff Games is a pretty brutal way to end the season.