The Big 12 played four games on Friday night during the 2011 football season and two more on Thursday night so today's announcement from the Sun Belt Conference shouldn't come as any surprise.
The Sun Belt today released its games that will be seen on ESPN this coming season and with it, we know they'll be at least one Big 12 game played on a weeknight this fall.
Baylor's game at Louisiana- Monroe will be moved to Friday night, September 21 with a 7:00PM kickoff schedule and will be seen nationally on either ESPN or ESPN2.
“You’re going to have a three and a half hour long commercial in front of 120 million homes in prime time,” ULM athletic director Bobby Staub said. “It’s phenomenal exposure for the program, the institution and the community.”
The same can be said for Baylor, although after last year's 10 win season and Robert Griffin winning the Heisman trophy, the school's national exposure has never been higher.
It will be the second straight season the Bears have played on a Friday night. Last year Baylor opened the season by knocking off 14th ranked TCU, 50-48, on Friday night which set the stage for certainly their best season in the Big 12 and one of the best in the school's history.
Baylor opens the season on September 1st against SMU in Waco before having a bye week. They'll then play Sam Houston State before heading to Monroe to take on the Warhawks.
While the Big 12 has released its official schedule, I'm guessing this won't be the last announcement of a date switch as the league's television partners cement their TV schedules for the upcoming season.
What other games will eventually be moved remains to be seen, but Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman speculated back in February that there are four Big 12 games that could be a possibility because in each case, the team is coming of a bye week and wouldn't be faced with a short week of preparation.
- September 29th: Texas at Oklahoma State
- September 29th: Texas Tech at Iowa State
- October 6th: Kansas as Kansas State
- December 1st: Texas at Kansas State
The pool certainly isn't limited to those games, but logistically those four would cause the least amount headaches.