Badger Bits: No primetime games at Camp Randall a shame

John Gress

For the first time in seven seasons, Madison will not host a nighttime football game.

As a UW-Madison student, it's easy for me to say I've been spoiled over the past few years. Not only in terms of Rose Bowl appearances but with marquee home games as well. The 2010 and 2011 seasons featured huge primetime matchups with Ohio State and Nebraska, respectively. And this past season featured games with the Badgers most recent rivals in Ohio State and Michigan State.

Sadly, there won't be any home primetime games at Camp Randall this season. The home schedule is clearly much easier than it's been in recent years and not many games jump off the page, but it's unfortunate one of college football's greatest venues will not host a night game. And with all the fantastic experiences I've had under the lights at Camp Randall, I wish we could've seen at least one more during my final year in Madison.

It's tough to complain when I've seen No. 1 Ohio State go down and Russell Wilson thrash Nebraska in its first Big Ten conference game, but I think most will echo my sentiments in saying it's unfortunate Camp Randall won't host a night game for the first time since 2006. Granted, the Ohio State and Michigan State games from last year were both late afternoon starts, so the Badgers will likely have a couple of those again, but there's something special about kickoffs at sunset during the fall months in Madison.

LINKS:

See the full list of nighttime games on the Big Ten Network for this upcoming season.

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