The Big Ten Network released a six-game prime-time schedule for the upcoming season on Tuesday, including five conference tilts and one in-state nonconference battle between Cincinnati and Ohio State, according to Tom Dienhart of BTN.com.
Here is the full six-game schedule:
|Date||Home Team||Road Team||Time (ET)|
|Sept. 13||Rutgers||Penn State||8 p.m|
|Sept. 27||Ohio State||Cincinnati||6 p.m.|
|Sept. 27||Nebraska||Illinois||9 p.m.|
|Oct. 4||Rutgers||Michigan||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 18||Northwestern||Nebraska||7:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 15||Maryland||Michigan State||8 p.m.|
Rutgers, entering its first Big Ten season, is the only school that will host two prime-time games on the network, while Nebraska, no longer the league's newest member, is the only other school scheduled to play two prime-time games on the network.
The Scarlet Knights' Oct. 4 game against Michigan will be their annual Blackout of the season:
The timing of the Maryland-Michigan State game is also of note. November night games had long been non grata in the Big Ten, but, as Dienhart writes, "this is a new era." Ohio State will also play a prime-time game against Illinois during November, albeit on ESPN or ABC instead of the Big Ten Network.
The Buckeyes, who will also play Virginia Tech on ESPN or ABC in September and Penn State on ESPN or ABC in October, are tied with Nebraska for most in the conference with four prime-time games scheduled in total. Per Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com, this is the first time Ohio Stadium will host three night games in one season.
The Huskers, in addition to the two Big Ten Network games listed above, will host Miami on ESPN or ABC in September and travel to Michigan State on ESPN or ABC during October.
Senior receiver Kenny Bell, however, was none too happy with the scheduling and went on a Twitter rant against it:
Um, why so many night games tho? smh— Kenny Bell (@AFRO_THUNDER80) April 22, 2014
@Sean_Callahan 11. Wake up an lets roll. Nothin wrong then waiting around all day to play football. Hate it— Kenny Bell (@AFRO_THUNDER80) April 22, 2014
@JAlexander_UH no player likes waiting all day to play. Fans I can see why, drinking an fun all day. Yihoo for you. I sit in the hotel— Kenny Bell (@AFRO_THUNDER80) April 22, 2014
"night games are better for recruits" 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 oh yea? Show me those statistics.— Kenny Bell (@AFRO_THUNDER80) April 22, 2014
The only schools that won't play a prime-time game this year are Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin.