Additionally, a few more TV times were announced: Oregon State will be a 3:30 ET kickoff on ABC while the most-hyped season opener in decades against Coastal Carolina and the Sept. 20 Temple game will both be Noon kickoffs on the Big Ten Network.
So as it stands right now, here is the what the current TV schedule looks like:
08/30 Coastal Carolina (noon) Big Ten Network
09/06 Oregon State (3:30pm) ABC
09/13 at Syracuse (3:30pm) ABC
09/20 Temple (noon) Big Ten Network
09/27 Illinois (8pm) ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
10/04 at Purdue (n/a) n/a
10/11 at Wisconsin (8pm) ESPN/ESPN2
10/18 Michigan (4:30pm) ESPN/ESPN2
10/25 at Ohio State (8pm) ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
11/08 at Iowa (n/a) n/a
11/15 Indiana (n/a) n/a
11/22 Michigan State (n/a) n/a
As you can see, only 4 games remain unsettled with regards to TV time/network. The BTN is required to show a game featuring each team at least once so either Purdue, Iowa, Indiana, or Michigan State will be a BTN game.
My money would be on either Iowa or Indiana (or perhaps, both) being the BTN game, especially because it’s more likely that come November our chances of winning the Big Ten will have already been eliminated thanks to the October road gauntlet and neither Iowa or IU will do anything special if the pre-season magazines are correct in their prognostications. The Michigan State game will likely end up on ABC/ESPN due to the fact that it could be JoePa’s final game as head coach.
Speaking of which, JoePa’s potentially unofficial “Farewell Tour” is likely playing a big role in the fact we already have the majority of our TV times settled. Normally, the majority of our Big Ten games’ start times aren’t even settled upon until 2-3 weeks leading up to the game but already we have half of our games figured out. It sure is amazing what one little contract dispute can lead to…