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Ohio State’s Friday night game officially moved to Big Ten Network

Who could have predicted that moving a college football game to Friday night would be a bad idea?

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It was touch-and-go there for a little while, but after being bumped from Fox Sports 1 because of a weather-delayed ALCS game between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros, this Friday night’s game between the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes and Northwestern Wildcats will now air on the Big Ten Network according to FOX Sports’ college football reporter Bruce Feldman.

The flagship FOX network was not an option for the move because of the recently launched Friday night edition of the WWE’s “Smackdown.”

The game’s move undermines the entire rationale for moving a select handful of Big Ten games to Friday nights in the first place. As part of FOX’s massive deal with the conference, the goal was to move a few games out of the crowded Saturday pack to Friday night in order to own the evening for college football fans.

However, FS1, which is considered a national network is available in many more homes nationwide than BTN, which is not as readily available in cable packages, especially outside of the traditional Big Ten footprint. According to 247Sports, BTN (75 million) can be seen an estimated nine million fewer households than FS1 (84 million).

Jim Delaney and the FOX Network’s experiment was already not a popular one in high school-football loving Ohio, and this certainly won’t help their cause.