Official word came down Thursday that the University of Wisconsin football team has moved its 2011 season opener up two days to Sept. 1, a Thursday meeting with Nevada-Las Vegas under the lights at Camp Randall Stadium.

Earlier this week, UW athletic director Barry Alvarez outlined several reasons for making the move. One is two extra days of preseason training camp. Another is two extra days to prepare for a subsequent home game with Oregon State. Still another is national TV exposure via ESPN or the Big Ten Network.

Here's one more: The Badgers have won 11 straights night games against non-Big Ten Conference opponents and have prevailed in 26 of their last 29 night games.

UW also is 8-2 in night games at home since 1995. The losses, to Ohio State and Penn State, came in 2008.


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