Considering that the B1G once again made the front page on SI today (LINK) regarding their recent Rose Bowl woes, I thought I would bring up the topic of a recent Harvard study (LINK) that found a link between sleep and game performance.
The study states that the researchers have been tracking the performance of East Coast football teams over the past 40 years, and found that when the game is being played in the evening West Coast teams beat the point spread twice as often as EC teams.
The study does state that they did not find any correlation when the game is played in the daytime.
Personally, I am not old enough to remember the Rose Bowl as the "granddaddy of them all" and frankly I hate the fact that the conferences marquee match up is played 1500 miles away from the Midwest, and in the home stadium of a PAC-12 member. This is why I was hoping that with the recent CFP proposal we would see campus sites which would help to put us on equal footing with the warm weather schools as all to often they only have to travel <5 hours as well as the benefit of playing in the same time zone.
All in all, its nice to see that what most of us have been complaining about all these years does have some scientific proof behind it.
EDIT: The 1st link seems to redirect to my board post, so here is the cut/paste link.