Maryland’s version of “Friday Night Lights” will have to wait.
The school was informed last week that the Big Ten moved its home football game against Northwestern from Oct. 13 to October 14, according to an athletic department spokesman. Northwestern’s game two weeks later against Michigan State has also been moved back a day.
The time of the Maryland-Northwestern game has not been announced.
When the Big Ten announced last fall that it would start playing some games on Friday nights, there was pushback from some schools because of potential conflicts with high school games or with fans traveling to see their team.
The league will have five Friday night games in 2016, only one involving two Big Ten teams. Rutgers will open the season hosting Washington, and Wisconsin will open at home against Utah State on Sept. 1. Purdue will host Ohio on Sept. 8. Illinois will play at South Florida on Sept. 15.
The only Big Ten intraleague game now scheduled for a Friday is Nebraska at Illinois on Sept. 29.