Big Ten Schools Announce Prime Time Football Games to Appear on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2

Defending Big Ten Champion Michigan State and Rose Bowl Game Offensive MVP Connor Cook face Nebraska in prime time on Oct. 4.

Defending Big Ten Champion Michigan State and Rose Bowl Game Offensive MVP Connor Cook face Nebraska in prime time on Oct. 4.

April 15, 2014

Big Ten institutions released game times and television plans today for six home football contests to appear in prime time on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 during the 2014 season. Ohio State leads the way with three night games on those networks, while Nebraska and Penn State each boast a pair of prime time matchups. Illinois, Michigan and Michigan State will each take part in one night contest on those networks. Additional prime time football games will be announced next week.

The Big Ten non-conference home schedule will feature two prime time games at 8 p.m. ET, with Ohio State hosting Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 on ESPN and Nebraska facing Miami (Fla.) on Sept. 20 on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

Four conference matchups will appear in prime time on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, beginning with defending Big Ten and Rose Bowl Game Champion Michigan State hosting the Cornhuskers on Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Michigan will play its first Big Ten home game under the lights on Oct. 11, with the Wolverines facing Penn State at 7 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2. The Buckeyes will be featured in two more night games at 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, with a road contest against the Nittany Lions on Oct. 25 before hosting Illinois on Nov. 1.

The Big Ten will hold the 2014 Football Media Days and 43rd annual Kickoff Luncheon on Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29, at the Hilton Chicago, featuring all 14 head coaches and some of the nation’s top returning players. The 119th season of Big Ten football kicks off Thursday, August 28. The 2014 campaign culminates with the fourth annual Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 6, to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and televised by FOX, with the winner earning the Big Ten Championship.