Go Big Red Bull
We've seen kickoff times announced for three games this season on Nebraska's schedule. Two of them will be prime time games. In the first, the Huskers will host Miami. For the second, the Huskers will travel to face Michigan State. The game against Fresno State won't kick off until 9:30 pm Central time, which means it won't end until after midnight for most NU fans watching at home.
There's no greater home field advantage than playing at night. The fans have more time to tailgate and generally find the energy to get loud. When the visiting team is well out of their own time zone, the advantage might be even greater as the players are taken out of their natural rhythms.
Even the coaches may not be immune to the effects. The 2006 Orange Bowl saw Florida State and Penn State play into triple overtime. While it worked out, it seemed somewhat comical that Joe Paterno opted to kick a 29-yard field goal on 2nd and 9 from the 12 yard line to win the game rather than run another play that might have made the attempt even easier. It's as if he couldn't wait to go to bed. He'd have gotten crucified for the decision if his kicker had missed, especially since he'd already missed one in overtime that would have won the game and an earlier one from 29 yards as well.
For some of us NU fans from way back, partcularly those of us that now reside on the East coast and rise before the sun most days, these late games will be a bit of a challenge. It's a good thing they play on Saturdays, because daddy's going to need to sleep in.