April 27, 2005
After featuring 10 televised night games last season, the 2005 Big Ten football schedule already includes six contests that will appear on primetime television on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC Sports, as seven of the 11 League schools are slated to take part in night outings scheduled for broadcast.
The Big Ten football primetime television schedule will begin on the opening night of non-conference action, as Minnesota will be the first League team to take the field with a road contest at Tulsa on Thursday, September 1. The Gophers' season opener will be televised at 9:15 CDT on ESPN2. In the second weekend of non-conference play, the Buckeyes will take part in the first of their two televised night games as they welcome defending Rose Bowl champion Texas from the Big 12 to Ohio Stadium on Saturday, September 10, for an 8 p.m. EDT kickoff on ABC Sports. Ohio State's second primetime night game will occur on Saturday, October 8, as the Buckeyes will travel to Penn State for a 7/7:45 p.m. EST/CDT contest on either ESPN or ESPN2. Other Big Ten matchups currently scheduled to appear in the 2005 primetime lineup will be Notre Dame-Purdue on Saturday, October 1 (6/6:45 p.m. EST/CDT on ESPN/ESPN2), Michigan-Northwestern on Saturday, October 29 (6/6:45 p.m. CDT on ESPN/ESPN2) and the final Big Ten outing of the year when Wisconsin travels to Hawaii on Friday, November 25 (8 p.m. CST on ESPN2). The entire 2005 Big Ten football composite schedule can be accessed at www.bigten.org.
The Big Ten will hold the 2005 Football Media Days and 34th annual Kickoff Luncheon on Monday and Tuesday, August 1-2, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, featuring all 11 head coaches and some of the Conference's top returning players. The 110th season of Big Ten football kicks off from September 1-3 with 10 of the 11 League teams taking the field for non-conference action.
Big Ten Televised Night Games in 2005
Sept. 1 -- MINNESOTA at Tulsa, 9:15 p.m. CDT, ESPN2
Sept. 10 -- Texas at OHIO STATE, 8 p.m. EDT, ABC Sports
Oct. 1 -- Notre Dame at PURDUE, 6/6:45 p.m. EST/CDT, ESPN/ESPN2
Oct. 8 -- OHIO STATE at PENN STATE, 7/7:45 p.m. EST/CDT, ESPN/ESPN2
Oct. 29 -- MICHIGAN at NORTHWESTERN, 6/6:45 p.m. CDT, ESPN/ESPN2
Nov. 25 -- WISCONSIN at Hawaii, 8 p.m. CST, ESPN2