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Thursday, September 4, 2008
Big 12 links: Why Thursday should be a Big 12 day, too

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It's the quiet before the storm today, still two days away from the games this weekend.

After all the excitement of last week's opening games, I'm wondering why the Big 12 doesn't have at least one Thursday night game every week during the nonconference part of the season. It would be a great opportunity for the conference to build some awareness.

The bigger Big 12 schools traditionally have not wanted to move their games around. But it would seem that a school itching to build some national notoriety -- are you listening Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Kansas State? -- would like to jump into a programming slot where a lot of people would be watching their games.

Thursday night has emerged as the unofficial kickoff point of the week. And because of the glut of games on Saturdays, playing a game early gives a school a chance to stand out and build some national awareness. Look at what it's done for ACC and Big East schools.

But then again, considering the weak games across the conference this week, I could understand why the less national exposure might be better.

Here are some links to get you through the pregame hungries.