Why Georgia State at Night is a Great Thing

By Matthew Filipovits on June 12, 2017 at 9:00 am
Oct 22, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Football players run onto the field prior to the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

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When the news came out that Penn State's clash with Georgia State would be played at night there was a small uproar from fans. These are the reasons people should be happy.

You Can Tailgate All Day Long in Good Weather

State College is freezing during the majority of the football season so we need to enjoy the nice tailgating weather while we can. The last September night game was Rutgers in 2015, but that game was an absolute washout. The chance for a full day of warm tailgating is something northern fans don't get very often so they should enjoy it while they can. 

Georgia State is Historically Bad at Night

This game does not scare me. But in college football anything can happen and Georgia State did give Wisconsin a surprisingly tough test last season. The Badgers eeked out a win over the Panthers by a final of 23-17 in an 11 A.M. showdown. Georgia State isn't all that great at night games though. Since becoming a FBS program in 2013, Georgia State is 2-9 in such contests. Since their inaugural football season in 2010, they are 4-14. For reference Trace McSorley is 4-0 in night games in his lone season as a starter.

It's One of the Big Ten's Games of the Week

It's no surprise the Big Ten Network would want to show off the conference champions in a primetime game early in the season. Although this isn't necessarily the best B1G game that week, it's the best week to show the Big Ten champs early in 2017. Also, it doesn't hurt that Penn State will be coming off of its 69-0 dismantling of Pitt the week before. Many people will surely want to see what the hype's about.

The Fun Belt Doesn't Come to Town Often

Penn State has never played a member of the Sun Belt before this season. They did play Coastal Carolina in 2008 but they were not a FBS team at the time of that matchup. This will be one of only two games against the conference that have been scheduled, as Idaho will drop down to FCS prior to their 2019 trip to Happy Valley. It's always fun for new teams to come to town as they provide something different for fans to enjoy. The Fun Belt is not a great conference and as I've said this game doesn't really scare me, so this could be a great game for a lot of young guys to show they should get more playing time as the season wears on.

It's Cool for Georgia State

Everyone expected this to be a 12:00 or 3:30 start time, because early season non-conference games against unranked opponents are almost always in those time slots. Setting up games against big time teams is great for the Georgia States of the world because it allows them to bring their team on a road trip to an environment they would have likely never played in otherwise, even if they typically don't get a true taste for what game day is like at those schools. With Penn State and Georgia State having teamed up for multiple satellite camps in the past, giving the Panthers the full Happy Valley big game experience is a great way to thank the fine folks down in Atlanta, and ensure that a happy partnership continues.

Night Games are Fun

Any night game is fun. Anyone who is sad about this is not fun. Here's a video of Saquon Barkley doing fun things during a night game.

Families, we get it. We know you're upset at the prospect of now having to figure out what to do with your children in the event you don't want them out until past 10:00 (which they shouldn't be!). But you have plenty of time to figure out which parent will stay home with the kid(s) and which will get to come up to tailgate. Plus, it's not like there aren't other games you can bring the kids to later in the year to make up for it (Homecoming against Rutgers at noon, for example).

And for all of the newspaper writers who will be forced to meet their deadlines by midnight that night, we totally get it. It sucks that you have to-- just kidding! You chose to write for a newspaper, so suck it up and figure it out.