July 16, 2014
Big Ten schools announced today additional game times and television assignments for home football games to appear on BTN, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPNEWS for the first three weeks of the 2014 football season. Schools previously announced times and television for prime time matchups throughout the season. Start times and television plans for the remainder of the schedule will be announced six to 12 days in advance.
Eight Big Ten home games will be featured on Saturday, August 30, the first full Saturday of the college football season. At Noon ET, Illinois will host Youngstown State (BTN), Indiana will face Indiana State (ESPNEWS), Iowa will square off against Northern Iowa (BTN), Michigan will open against Appalachian State (ESPN2) and Purdue will battle Western Michigan (ESPNU). At 3:30 p.m., Maryland will play James Madison (BTN), Nebraska will face Florida Atlantic (BTN) and Northwestern will host California (ABC regional and ESPN2 outer-market).
Ten Big Ten home contests will be highlighted on Saturday, Sept. 6. At Noon ET, the Illini will battle Western Kentucky (BTN), the Cornhuskers will square off against McNeese State (ESPNU), the Nittany Lions will play Akron (ABC regional and ESPN or ESPN2 outer-market), the Boilermakers will host Central Michigan (ESPNEWS), the Scarlet Knights will face Howard (BTN) and the Badgers will battle Western Illinois (BTN). At 3:30 p.m., the Hawkeyes will host Ball State (ESPN2), the Gophers will square off against Middle Tennessee State (BTN) and the Wildcats will play Northern Illinois (BTN). In prime time, the Buckeyes will battle Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
On Sept. 13, the opening contest of the 2014 Big Ten season will feature Penn State visiting Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights’ first Big Ten contest, at 8 p.m. ET on BTN. Earlier in the day, Maryland will host West Virginia (BTN) while Ohio State will welcome Kent State (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2) at Noon, while in the 3:30 games, Iowa will battle Iowa State (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2) and Michigan will play Miami (Ohio) (BTN).