Night games in Provo, Utah, are something to behold, and they’re set to become a fixture in Big 12 football as the Cougars are set to be joined by four more schools in their area of the country next year with the Pac-12 dissolving, meaning the night window will be wide open.
In Week 11, BYU will host Iowa State in a #Big12AfterDark game, with kickoff set for 9:15 p.m. CT (ESPN). As if traveling west to play a night game wasn’t difficult enough, the Cyclones are also having to do so the same week of Daylight Savings Time. Talk about feeling out of sorts.
Regardless, this is a massive game for both programs, as both the Cougars and Cyclones enter the contest at 5-4 and looking for a sixth victory to ensure they’ll go bowling in just a matter of weeks. The stakes will be high, the weather will be cold, and LaVell Edwards Stadium will be rocking. Plus, it appears there might be a little extra juice with this one as well, as BYU is planning a blackout to welcome the Cyclones to town.
Iowa State is currently favored by 6.5 points, but playing a night game in Provo seems to be the ultimate equalizer for many visitors, especially when the student section is ramped up.
This should be an incredible game with one of the most underrated atmospheres in all of college football, and with a bowl berth on the line, it’s going to get wild.