Should More Marquee College Football Programs Play on Weeknights?

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Should More Marquee College Football Programs Play on Weeknights?
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College football used to be reserved for Saturdays. For the most part, the overwhelming majority of programs still play their games on Saturday. But over the past few years, many programs and conferences have moved games to earlier in the week. This is particularly true of what many would call “mid-major” or “lower-tier” FBS programs.

With increasing awareness and viewership of these programs and their weeknight games, is it time to ask if the more of the big-name college football programs should play on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday night?

We first need to figure out why teams from the MAC, Sun Belt and Pac-12 are opting for weeknight games. We'll look at the advantages and disadvantages and try to apply them to programs like Michigan, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Texas.

Would it make sense to watch Michigan play Notre Dame on Thursday night? What are the benefits to Alabama-LSU on Friday?

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