April 21, 2010
Big Ten institutions released game times and television plans for 12 home football contests today to appear on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or the Big Ten Network. At least one Big Ten contest will be featured during prime time in the first four weeks of non-conference play and on four of the first five Saturdays of conference action. Every Big Ten team will play at least one prime-time game, while nine of the 11 schools will host at least one prime-time contest. The schedule announced today includes four games for Ohio State and a pair of outings each for Indiana, Minnesota and Penn State.
The non-conference home schedule will hit prime time on the opening Thursday, as the Big Ten Network will kick off the 2010 campaign with five-time defending Big Ten Champion Ohio State welcoming Marshall and Indiana hosting Towson for their season openers on Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The second weekend of non-conference play begins with the Buckeyes hosting Miami (Fla.) on Sept. 11 on ESPN at 3:40 p.m. ET, before Illinois hosts Southern Illinois in its home opener on the Big Ten Network at 7:30 p.m. ET. Michigan State will host Notre Dame on Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The final full weekend of non-conference competition features a doubleheader on the Big Ten Network on Sept. 25, with Akron at Indiana scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and Northern Illinois at Minnesota beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The Big Ten schedule begins Oct. 2, with Orange Bowl Champion Iowa hosting Capital One Bowl Champion Penn State, after both teams tied for second in the conference standings last year. The Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions will battle at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. On Oct. 9, Northwestern will look to build upon its Outback Bowl appearance last year by hosting Purdue at 7:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network. Other prime-time games during Big Ten play include Rose Bowl Champion Ohio State at Champs Sports Bowl Champion Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET on Oct. 16 on ESPN or ESPN2 and two prime-time contests on Oct. 30, with Minnesota hosting the Buckeyes and Michigan playing at Penn State at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
The Big Ten will hold the 2010 Football Media Days and 39th annual Kickoff Luncheon on Monday and Tuesday, August 2-3, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, featuring all 11 head coaches and some of the conference’s top returning players. The 115th season of Big Ten football kicks off with every team in action on Sept. 2 or 4.