File this entry under the 'curiousity' category...
We hear a lot of comments about game times each season, with a wide range of preferences heard from different folks about those times. Now that Michigan's regular season game times are set for the 2018 regular season, I was curious to see what has happened over the four years since Coach Harbaugh has been at the helm.
Here's what I found (these are grouped in to early start - meaning noon ET, mid-afternoon - usually around 3:30pm ET, or late - meaning night games. ALSO - this is just 'regular season'):
Early Games: 13 home, 8 away. 21 total. (43.75%; 5.25 games per season)
Mid-Afternoon Games: 12 home, 6 away/neutral. 18 total. (37.5%, 4.5 games per season)
Late Games: 3 home, 6 away. 9 total. (18.75%, 2.25 games per season)
Additionally, I was curious about TV coverage (over the same period)
ABC - 17 games
BTN - 11 games
ESPN (or ESPN2) - 8 games
FOX - 7 games
FS1 - 4 games
NBC - 1 game
That's 25 games on over-the-air TV, and 23 games on 'pay-tv' channels.
Overall thoughts? An average of 5-6 early games each season, 4-5 mid-afternoon games, and 2-3 late games seems reasonably distributed. (I'd be content with 6 early, 4 mid, and a max of 2 late (1H/1A) per season, but that's just my preference). That over half of Michgan's games were on over-the-air TV unsurpisingly - and happlily - speaks well of Michgan's TV draw. I also agree with those who have commented that it would be nice to know further in advance what the game times and TV selections are (College Basketball has almost the whole season known in advance), but, for football at least, that seems to be more universal of the NCAA as a whole, and not just the Big Ten.