When the sun goes down and the lights come on, the atmosphere becomes more charged. The fans — fueled, in many instances, by ample alcohol consumption at tailgates — are seriously into the game and ready to scream. Playing at night just seems cooler. When you add in a flyover and fireworks launched from the top of the south scoreboard, as Ohio State did in its game against Wisconsin last night, you create an atmosphere that is designed to appeal to kids, and particularly the recruits who are trying to decide where to take their athletic talents.
Last night was a great atmosphere, and the Buckeyes won over a good Wisconsin team, 31-24. As Buckeyes fans left the Horseshoe after 11 p.m., they could be happy with the result — but also confident that they would be seeing Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis, who created his own fireworks with 10 catches and more than 200 yards gained, in their fevered dreams. Thank God that kid is a senior!