ABC/ESPN B1G Night Games in the Fall

Submitted by winterblue75 on April 29th, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Sept. 7: Notre Dame at Michigan, 8 p.m. ET, ABC or ESPN or ESPN2

Sept. 14: Notre Dame at Purdue, 8 p.m. ET, ABC or ESPN or ESPN2

Sept. 28: Wisconsin at Ohio State, 8 p.m. ET, ABC or ESPN or ESPN2

Oct. 5: Ohio State at Northwestern, 8 p.m. ET, ABC or ESPN or ESPN2

Oct. 12: Michigan at Penn State, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN or ESPN2

Oct. 26: Penn State at Ohio State, 8 p.m. ET, ABC or ESPN or ESPN2



April 29th, 2013 at 4:40 PM ^

Here's the complete schedule for the ESPN networks (as well as ABC) to date - (HERE)

Another thing that makes it interesting if you look at the entire schedule regardless of conference is that, of those games picked up by networks to date, there is one 5:30 PM game - the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game (Virginia Tech vs. Alabama), but our game against Penn State is the only 5 PM game so far. 

Here's the week 7 matchup listing per ESPN (HERE). It would be interesting to know which one of these games - if any - ends up being the lead-in for ours. 


April 29th, 2013 at 3:59 PM ^

Getting a hotel there is a huge pain in the ass. We went in 2010 when we played them and had to stay about an hour East of Happy Valley. We looked for hotels like 4-5 months before the game as well. The experience there was a little overrated although their tailgate setup is pretty sweet, it's just one huge field around the stadium.

Darth Wolverine

April 29th, 2013 at 3:58 PM ^

Oct. 5: Ohio State at Northwestern, 8 p.m. ET, ABC or ESPN or ESPN2

This is a game that the media will try to hype and say, "watch out, Buckeyes" but we all know that NW will get their teeth kicked in. That game is not prime time worthy and I will say right now that Ohio beats them by 25+.


April 29th, 2013 at 4:08 PM ^

The 5pm start is odd but I am assuming there will be another maquee game at 8pm or 8:30 to give them a double header.  You would have to assume they will take a big drop this year but winning on the road is winning on the road.  Sometimes primetime national TV can make even the worst of teams tough to squash.

Perkis-Size Me

April 29th, 2013 at 4:10 PM ^

Wow, Northwestern is getting a prime time slot? Interesting....I mean obviously both teams will be good next year, but who outside of Evanston really cares about watching Northwestern football? 80-90% of Ryan Field will be OSU fans that night.

This game struck me more as a 3pm slotted game that would be played on ESPN regionally.


April 29th, 2013 at 4:14 PM ^

I am slightly off topic with this but does anyone else think our game against Northwestern could be one of the toughest or closest of the year? We will be coming off playing Mich. St. and Nebraska in consecutive weeks then at Northwestern. Also, it could be one of those early day start times that is sometimes hard for the team to get up for. Might be one of those ugly win games.

Darth Wolverine

April 29th, 2013 at 4:54 PM ^

Well, their first game is on Friday night again, which TECHNICALLY is prime time, but there are reasons why some shows get moved to Friday nights, one being because most people aren't watching them. Thursday is a good night for football, Friday is not. Now, I do watch the Friday games, but that is because I'm a college football junky and need my fix, but I will say that most people don't watch the Friday night game(s).


April 30th, 2013 at 1:10 AM ^

Recently, beginning in 2011, one significant Notre Dame home game is aired during the 7:30pm time slot per year, and this year it is USC.  

The 9/21/13 Notre Dame vs. Sparty game is a 3:30 pm kickoff on NBC.    

All of the other Sparty games are TBA.  However, if Sparty runs the early season gauntlet . . . Western MI, USF, Youngstown State, Notre Dame, Iowa, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois?  


Is that even a football schedule?!

I guess Sparty could end up on primetime television as some sort of consolation prize for having the weakest schedule in the history of college football.  

Seriously, someone needs to look at this thing, the 2013 Sparty schedule is a total hilarious joke.  It looks as if a Big Ten team decided to pretend they were in the Mountain West or something.  They avoid Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Penn State.  Wow, thanks, let's have a playoff now, I guess.     



April 29th, 2013 at 4:38 PM ^

I'm fairly certain the 5:00 start on the Penn State game is related to the sanctions.  I don't believe PSU is allowed to host night games under their probation, and they are pushing the game as far back as the NCAA will allow.


April 29th, 2013 at 5:55 PM ^

They're probably not going to be very good. Great for us though, hopefully we can get two huge wins in primetime. Always good for recruiting


April 29th, 2013 at 7:42 PM ^

Oh yeah, our conference doesn't like to play prime time games during the time of year where they take on increased importance.


Maybe since we keep playing at PSU at night, we'll get a night game from them next year.  You know, like at 5:00.