March 24th, 2016 at 3:49 PM ^

UM admin has no freak sense. I cannot understand why UM admin. wouldn't be doing all it can to promote and enhance the " Michigan experience " for both, the recruits and fan base. No night games at one of the best venues in the country. Just plain stupid !!
Meanwhile OSU is playing in at least 4 night games, as well as MSU. It doesn't take a genius to see this is a mistake. UM must not want to risk a national televised ass beating during prime time. what other excuse could it be ??

This is what happens to football when your at a hockey school


March 24th, 2016 at 1:45 PM ^

Both teams now have a bye week in the exact middle of their schedule (6 games-bye-6 games).    That was better than what it was (3 games-bye-9 games).

Fortuitous that both teams had the mutual bye week to make that work.

I said this before, but one "negative" is that PSU @ U-M will no longer be on Saturday October 15, which would have been the EXACT eleven and EXACT twenty-two year anniversaries of two of the better games in the series (1994 & 2005).


March 24th, 2016 at 6:32 PM ^

which made him the PSU leading receiver.  Seriously.  

McQueary was such a dumb-ass, I still can't believe he opened his mouth in 1997.  PSU should have had 2-3 losses even prior to the U-M game: the team wasn't fundamentally very good (witness losing by 5 TDs against Sparty a few weeks later).  And McQueary wasn't good enough to talk anyway.  He finished his Penn State career with a lower completion percentage than incompletion-machine Christian Hackenberg.  Yikes.


March 24th, 2016 at 1:32 PM ^

Pretty early to have that already settled.  No TV arrangements have been made at all yet, that is usually started in April and finalized by July for the first three weeks of the season.  I could have seen a nighter against either Wiscy or Penn St.


March 24th, 2016 at 1:34 PM ^

this stinks... not just for the fun, but these games are likely to be very important factors as to whether we are still competing for a division title in late November and this gives up what would be a huge advantage for us....


March 24th, 2016 at 1:34 PM ^

Welp, there goes that!


This really does suck though as I have already been planning for there to be a night game and bring the family to enjoy the experience. Oh well. Maybe next year.


March 24th, 2016 at 1:42 PM ^

So we will be everyone else's home night game opponent, getting their best shot to beat us... and we will throw away the advantage of hosting night games in the largest stadium in the country. Not to mention give students, athletes, and dedicated fans something that has been widely popular. And I never thought I'd say this, but.... recruits love it.


March 24th, 2016 at 1:51 PM ^

I could probably do the research without too much effort, but I'm lazy......

Anyone know how much more significant night game home field advantage is over day game? Not totally trivial to calculate (win percentage skewed due to better opponents at night). Just wondering how accurate of a sentiment this is.

My intuition is that he bigger incentive to night games is national exposure, which Michigan probably doesn't need much more of because, well, Harbaugh

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March 24th, 2016 at 3:57 PM ^

Actually, someone did a sample analysis a few years ago with NFL data, using the results from Thursday night games as a basis for the study. As I recall, they found that while the home team scores more points and beats the spread about 60% of the time in such games, much of HFA in this case could very well be the short week for one or both teams depending on where that game is in the schedule. At least in conferences like the SEC where non-Saturday games seem fairly routine early on in the season and do create short weeks for some, it would be interesting to see if the results are similar.

Likewise, using the same methodology for a schedule of straight Saturdays, night vs. day games, it would be interesting to see the difference in results at the college level, if any. Part of me wants to say that you still wouldn't see a statistically significant change, but I could be wrong there. 


March 24th, 2016 at 4:46 PM ^

Since 1960, LSU is 201-59-3 (.773)  at home when it plays under the lights. In that same time frame they are 20-22-3 (.476) in day games. Now, Tiger Stadium is arguably the most intimidating venue in college football so whether playing at night is the difference maker can be debated. And since they play the vast majority of their games at night, it's hard to say that they wouldn't have as stellar a record at home if they played more games during the day. Still, there is a reason why LSU prefers to play at night. Real or imagined, LSU feels there is an advantage to it.

As far as exposure goes, you can never have enough. Literally every move Harbaugh has made thus far is to increase exposure. 


March 24th, 2016 at 6:50 PM ^

Well, yeah, but remember that from 1960 to 2013, their biggest and most difficult games were moved to the afternoon for television.  It wasn't until a couple of years ago that CBS (and then ESPN) put their #1 game on at night.

So that statistic has a big sample bias problem.  If they played Louisiana-Lafayette (or Southwestern Louisiana, as it was called for most of that time), it was always at night.  If they played Alabama, it was often in the afternoon so it could be on television.

There are a few notable exceptions where big games were at night, but see if you can find a list of games played during the day vs the games played at night.