I am thinking big picture, and I don’t see how a nationally televised 60% empty stadium is beneficial. Thankfully, nobody but diehards and parents will tune in for this decidedly not-marquee matchup. It also will only add to the massive debt the DIA is servicing unless the school gets extra TV money to make up for the tickets that won’t be sold (I doubt it).Lol. Think big picture here, Extra time to prepare for Wisconsin, an extra chance to get out and hit the road recruiting in the fall(which is rare), BB knows what he is doing, another chance for national television exposure(which is big). All if this is calculated by BB, he is great at maximizing time and efficiency.
If BB wanted more time to prep for Wisconsin, Whitman should have moved this game to a bye week. There are reasons why P5 teams don’t play on Thursday nights, other than maybe Week 1.