Night games pivotal to Big Ten recruiting 

September, 5, 2014
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As it stands now, nine Big Ten teams are set to play night games at home this season. If it were up to the coaches within the conference, that number would be way up. (

Though a night game has many benefits outside of recruiting, it’s impact on recruiting cannot be overstated. Hosting a game at night can provide an exciting atmosphere, easier travel time for recruits and more time for coaches in front of the visiting prospects.

"A night game in the Horseshoe, those are big hits and that's the one thing a night game does, it gives you the opportunity to get guys here. Not just the state of Ohio, the surrounding areas as well, because they can travel," Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said. "Otherwise you couldn’t ring them in if it was an earlier game. Someone shows up in the middle of the first quarter, or they have to get up at five am to get here, then that’s not really setting up for a nice visit.