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Big Ten unveils 2012 primetime schedule

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Unless you happen to be a Purdue fan, get out your calendars and markers as some additional times have been filled in on the Big Ten’s 2012 schedule.

The conference announced Tuesday that a total of 14 conference and nonconference games will be televised this season in primetime across the various ESPN network platforms (six) as well as the Big Ten Network (eight).

Leading the nighttime way for the conference are Nebraska, Ohio State and Indiana (?) with three primetime games apiece, followed by two each for Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin.  Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern will each take part in one night contest, although the Wolverines’ season opener against defending BcS champion Alabama at Jerry’s World is all but a certainty to be televised under the lights.  Additionally, the annual Michigan-Notre Dame game will be played at night — on NBC — in South Bend, although that game wasn’t included in the release.

As hinted above, the Boilermakers are the only Big Ten school that is not currently scheduled to play a night game.

One of the two Spartans’ night games will be the season opener vs. a Kellen Moore-less Boise State in East Lansing, televised on ESPN Aug. 31 at 8 ET.  MSU’s other night game will be its annual rivalry game with Notre Dame.

“We’re excited about the prime-time match-up against Boise State in the season opener,” head coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement. “The Michigan State-Notre Dame rivalry is special, and those games routinely go down to the wire.

“The Spartan Stadium atmosphere is electric for night games, and recently, we’ve had some incredible finishes.”

As far as must-see TV is concerned, Oct. 27 is it hands down if you’re a fan of Big Ten football.  That Saturday, Ohio State travels to Penn State for a 6 p.m. ET kickoff, while Nebraska hosts Michigan at 8 ET.  Additionally, the MSU-Wisconsin rematch of both last season’s epic regular season game plus the conference’s first-ever title game will be played the same day, although it will inexplicably have a mid-afternoon start.

After hosting its first-ever game in the Big House that kicked off under the lights last season, the Wolverines will play both of its 2012 night games on the road, although, again, the neutral site opener against the Tide is already at least penciled in as a primetime affair.

Below is the complete list of Big Ten primetime games, as released by the conference:

Aug. 31
Boise State at Michigan State

Sept. 1
Indiana State at Indiana*

Sept. 8
Vanderbilt at Northwestern*

Sept. 15
Notre Dame at Michigan State
Utah State at Wisconsin*
Ball State at Indiana*

Sept. 22
Syracuse at Minnesota*
Louisiana Tech at Illinois*

Sept. 29
Wisconsin at Nebraska

Oct. 6
Nebraska at Ohio State

Oct. 13
Ohio State at Indiana*

Oct. 20
Penn State at Iowa*

Oct. 27
Ohio State at Penn State**
Michigan at Nebraska

(*televised on the Big Ten Network)
(**6 p.m. ET start; all other games will start at 8 p.m. ET)

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20 Responses to “Big Ten unveils 2012 primetime schedule”
  1. polegojim says: Apr 24, 2012 3:30 PM

    Very cool progress B1G.

    Go BLUE!

  2. timh1955 says: Apr 24, 2012 3:30 PM

    The best game of the year for the Big 10 will be the Bama/Michigan game but unfortunately for Michigan and the Big 10, Bama is going to totally own Michigan.

  3. dryzzt23 says: Apr 24, 2012 3:39 PM

    Why isn’t the Big Game in primetime? It is certainly warranted! I sure as he** hope that the Alabama v Auburn game is NOT on primetime since it is merely a regional rivalry whereas OSU v Michigan is cared about nationwide.

  4. beedubyatoo says: Apr 24, 2012 4:12 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 3:39 PM
    Why isn’t the Big Game in primetime? It is certainly warranted! I sure as he** hope that the Alabama v Auburn game is NOT on primetime since it is merely a regional rivalry whereas OSU v Michigan is cared about nationwide
    ——————————-

    I agree, but it’s always been on at noon, EST.

  5. jumbossportsblog says: Apr 24, 2012 4:15 PM

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  6. tuckfexas says: Apr 24, 2012 5:31 PM

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  7. overratedgators says: Apr 24, 2012 6:17 PM

    dryzzt and beedubyatoo:

    I believe the Big T(welv)en has a league rule against night games in November, due to the unpredictible weather.

  8. sparty0n says: Apr 25, 2012 3:27 AM

    “I believe the Big T(welv)en has a league rule against night games in November, due to the unpredictible weather.”

    Ummm no. Weather…. November????? January maybe, but there’s nothing wrong with the weather up here in November. It might not even snow in November.

  9. silverdeer says: Apr 25, 2012 8:54 AM

    @spartyon you got that right… Just ask the climate change geeks. Apparently we are going to be able to swim in Lake Michigan in December soon.

  10. BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) says: Apr 25, 2012 9:37 AM

    Wow, Wisconsin didn’t schedule OSU for a night game? That atmosphere is the only way they can ever beat OSU. I hope Bielema doesn’t walk off the field crying again like he did this past year.

  11. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Apr 25, 2012 9:40 AM

    Why is Bama vs Aub a regional game and OSU vs Mich a nationwide game?…
    I guess I got hit hard with the “stupid stick” this morning ! October 27 looks to be a great day of Football, someone please please type a little slower for folks like me in the south can understand.. How can the first ever… Never mind I’ll read it again and hope I’ll figure it out

  12. 78lion says: Apr 25, 2012 10:21 AM

    “Ummm no. Weather…. November????? January maybe, but there’s nothing wrong with the weather up here in November. It might not even snow in November.”

    Um, yes. The B1G has never played a night game in conference in November at night. Grand wizard Delaney has always claimed it’s due to risky weather more so for the traveling fans having to head back home at midnight, than the game itself.

  13. drjem says: Apr 25, 2012 1:16 PM

    Here’s a serious question (because I DON’T know enough about it to talk intelligently,….that’s why I ask)……So, will someone please tell me WHY OSU, MS & Mich doesn’t play the likes of Alabama every year as a matter of scheduling? Thanks.

  14. imaduffer says: Apr 25, 2012 1:29 PM

    @drjem,

    Because Alabama would rather play Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic and Western Carolina as non conference home games.

  15. emperorzero says: Apr 25, 2012 3:26 PM

    Because Alabama is physically incapable of leaving the deep South.

  16. timh1955 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:59 PM

    @emperorzero
    You mean like they (Bama) did last season when they played Penn State at Penn State or like this September when they play Michigan in Dallas? You must of forgotten that Bama plays in the best conference and the best division in college football so every conference game in the SEC is tough.

  17. dkhhuey says: Apr 25, 2012 5:45 PM

    SWEET!!! Don’t get me wrong, as much as I love dragging my a$$ to the alumni bar here in Scottsdale at 8am to drink beer, eat disgustingly fatty foods, and watch the Buckeyes play – I appreciate getting 3 weekends to sleep in and get rid of the Friday night pregame party fuzz!!!

  18. scoregasmic says: Apr 27, 2012 9:37 AM

    Wisconsin vs MSU isn’t prime time?

  19. waynefontes says: Apr 28, 2012 11:44 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 3:39 PM
    Why isn’t the Big Game in primetime? It is certainly warranted! I sure as he** hope that the Alabama v Auburn game is NOT on primetime since it is merely a regional rivalry whereas OSU v Michigan is cared about nationwide.

    ————————————————–

    Hate to burst your bubble, but Alabama and Auburn have won the last three national titles, which is 1 1/2 more titles than Ohio State and Michigan have won in over 40 years.

    OSU vs Michigan is overrated, and it isn’t cared about nationwide, mainly just in Big 10 country. A lot of hype, just like when it was #1 vs #2 a few years ago and some people thought there should be a rematch in the BCS title game, since no other team could possibly beat either of them.

    How did that turn out? Oh yeah, another Ohio State epic fail against an SEC school.

  20. timh1955 says: Apr 29, 2012 12:37 AM

    waynefontes
    Good comment. Also, the majority of people would rather watch SEC teams play than the Big 10 which is always overrated. I would rather watch two teams in the best conference in college football play (SEC) than watch two teams in a weak Big 10 play.

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