First, here is the release from the Big Ten related to Prime Time games on the BTN this fall…I have some thoughts below it:
CHICAGO – BTN will televise 12 primetime games during the 2013 college football season, the most in network history. Five games feature a pre-season top-25 Big Ten team, while three of the 12 matchups feature games versus teams from the SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences. Eight Big Ten schools in all will be featured in prime.
“Primetime games are becoming more and more popular,” said BTN President Mark Silverman. “Featuring compelling matchups in primetime allows BTN to remain front and center in Big Ten and college football fans’ minds throughout the entire day,” he said.
Highlights of the schedule include a pair of Nebraska and Northwestern games and one with reigning Big Ten Champion Wisconsin, with all three teams listed in many pre-season top 25 polls. Other key games include BTN’s first ever night game at Penn State, as well as Syracuse at Northwestern, Missouri at Indiana and UNLV at Minnesota. In addition, Illinois takes on Pac-12 opponent Washington at Soldier Field.
Both Sept. 7 and Sept. 14 include three primetime games. When BTN airs more than one game at a time, fans can go to BTN.com/GameFinder to determine the channel number for the game they want to see.
In total, BTN will televise 47 football games this fall. Start times and television arrangements for other early-season games will be announced at a later date.
BTN Primetime Schedule
All times Eastern
Thursday, August 29
7 PM – UNLV at Minnesota
Friday, August 30
8 PM – Western Michigan at Michigan State
Saturday, August 31
8 PM – Wyoming at Nebraska
Saturday, September 7
6 PM – Syracuse at Northwestern
6 PM – Southern Miss at Nebraska
Saturday, September 14
6 PM – UCF at Penn State
6 PM – Washington vs. Illinois (at Soldier Field)
9 PM – Western Michigan at Northwestern
Saturday, September 21
8 PM – Missouri at Indiana
Saturday, October 19
8 PM – Wisconsin at Illinois
Thursday, Aug. 29
7 PM – Indiana State at Indiana
Saturday, September 7
6 PM – Navy at Indiana
If you’re looking for Iowa’s name, you won’t find it. Iowa is the only team in the Big Ten who will not appear in a BTN Prime Time game.
Not that Kirk Ferentz minds that, but this has more to do with being 4-8 last year and the prospects that Iowa could be one of the worst teams in the Big Ten this year.
I know you don’t want to read that, especially not on the heels of Optimist’s Season (Spring Football) but Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue are going to be ‘vying’ for 12th in the Power Rankings to start the year when the magazines hit the shelves next month.
Here are a few other thoughts from that slate:
Western Michigan will appear on the BTN twice in Prime Time
Indiana three times (two on ‘regional’ which means overflow channels)
Wyoming and Southern Miss will appear on the BTN in Prime Time