The Big Ten games are all on at the same time!

Submitted by pdxblue on December 6th, 2010 at 1:32 AM

Jan 1st in the am (just after lunch for those of you on the East Coast)

Jan. 1 12:00 pm Dallas Football Classic
Northwestern vs. Texas Tech
Dallas, TX ESPNU
Jan. 1 1:00 pm Outback Bowl
Penn State vs. Florida
Tampa, FL ABC
Jan. 1 1:00 pm Capital One Bowl
Michigan State vs. Alabama
Orlando, FL ESPN
Jan. 1 1:30 pm Konica Minolta Gator Bowl
Michigan vs. Mississippi State
Jacksonville, FL ESPN2

I remember when the Rose Bowl would get upset if 2 Big Ten vs Pac 10 games happened in a bowl season.  Now there are multiple Big Ten/SEC games and they all compete with each other.  Seems like poor planning. 

Do Big Ten ratings suffer as a result? 

Should the Big Ten try to to work some changes in future years?  



December 6th, 2010 at 9:08 AM ^

Founders Breakfast Stout (double coffee, double chocolate stout) or maybe even it's bourbon aged counterpart KBS (formerly Kentucky Breakfast Stout).  They are Michigan based also!

Captain Hindsight

December 6th, 2010 at 2:58 AM ^

The midwest should have constructed more indoor football stadiums so that the Big Ten wouldn't always have to be the away team for the bowl.  Also, God should have evenly distributed warmth throughout the world. 


December 6th, 2010 at 4:58 AM ^

I actually think it will be very good for the Big Ten because the conference will literally own NYD.

Every channel will feature a BT team in the early time slots, and then the Rose Bowl will come on.

Personally, I'd rather they were played at different times so I could watch them all, but as far as exposure goes I think its a win. 

Could potentially be a really good day for the conference if all the teams perform well (minus MSU of course...both of them).


December 6th, 2010 at 7:59 AM ^

You don't have to torture yourself deciding whether you will really root for MSU and OSU, or just "lip service" root for them while being secretly happy when the other team scores or makes a big play against them.

st barth

December 6th, 2010 at 8:04 AM ^

Personally, I love having all the games at the same time.  If one of them sucks then you just turn the channel.  I wish they would put all of the BCS bowls back on New Year's Day too for the same reason. 

The holiday used to be awesome because you could overdose on an orgy of college football to end the season and then forget about the sport for about 8 months.   Now they've stretched it into a "bowl week" (or is it two weeks?), a recruiting season, NCAA investigations and with web-based logs it's like it never ends anymore...


December 6th, 2010 at 10:02 AM ^

The actual football part is little changed, which is... diluting:

1. Over the past decade, we've added a game to the season. The problem is it's a MAC or FCS school.

2. There's a lot more football on TV now than there was 15 or even 5 years ago, but most of it doesn't interest me - New Mexico State vs. Baylor? Meh.

3. Sneaky rule changes have reduced the number of total plays per game.

4. The web does make it possible to follow recruiting, gossip, etc all year round, but again, time is limited. Would I rather throw a football with my daughter than read about some sophomore from Paw Paw? Why yes I would.


December 6th, 2010 at 8:30 AM ^

I find this quite interesting.  ESPN airs the majority of the bowl games, and they have that contract with the SEC.  More exposure for their conference I guess.  Sucks.


December 6th, 2010 at 8:55 AM ^

Think this isn't a great thing for the Big 10.

While all of the New Years day exposure is great, having all games at once means that fans who would normally just check in to see what was going on in another game if it were another day / time (I know I would for those other games) will no longer do so.

Probably not a problem for teams with large, dedicated fanbases - but the teams with smaller bases probably generally benefit more from a "halo effect" of other Big 10 fans that they'll no longer get.

I'd vote for trying to stagger the games somehow if possible in the future.


December 6th, 2010 at 4:19 PM ^

Had OSU on big screen because Michigan didn't play until later, and it was better than watching N'western and Minny (bottom left), Ohio and EMU (Top two because there wasn't any other games on at noon on CBS, NBC, ABC)  and I can't remember the bottom right tv, it was a game on satelite though.

At 3:30 though, the big tv has Michigan, and the others get flipped multiple times to catch the other games for at least a little bit. 


December 6th, 2010 at 10:59 AM ^

If I don't actually go to the Gator Bowl, I'll be clicking back and forth like a madman between the outback and capital one bowls, while mostly watching the Gator

Florida vs. Penn State should be comical.


December 6th, 2010 at 11:09 AM ^

This time is really stupid.  The networks are ultimately losing tens of thousands of viewers for some of those games because you can't possibly watch all three of the big ones unless you have a DVR, and absolutely positively nobody is going to watch NW vs Texas Tech.  But somebody might watch that one if it were a few nights earlier. 


December 6th, 2010 at 11:32 AM ^

Horray for family gatherings on New Years where everyone but me is an MSU fan and absolutely hates Michigan.  Hopefully the Bama-MSU game is over quickly so I can steal the TV when everyone walks away in disgust.


December 6th, 2010 at 12:18 PM ^

had a post a while back about how this is what Delany actually wanted. Something along the lines of he wanted to completely dominate an entire time slot. I don't really get it but I'm also not the commish.