Finally: Big Ten Announces Television Schedule for First Four Weeks

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The only surprise is that they did not add any additional night games so the 12:00 ET slot is very crowded with BTN games, with 4-5 every week.

Big Ten Announces Football Television Plans for First Four Weekends of 2008 Home Schedule :: Every conference home contest to be televised for second straight season by ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or the Big Ten Network


Saturday, Aug. 30
Western Kentucky at Indiana, Big Ten Network, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Maine at Iowa, Big Ten Network, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Syracuse at Northwestern, ESPN or ESPN2, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Youngstown State at Ohio State, Big Ten Network, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Coastal Carolina at Penn State, Big Ten Network, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Akron at Wisconsin, Big Ten Network, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Utah at Michigan, ABC, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Northern Illinois at Minnesota, Big Ten Network, 6:00 p.m. CDT

Saturday, Sept. 6
Eastern Illinois at Illinois, Big Ten Network, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Florida International at Iowa, Big Ten Network, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Miami (Ohio) at Michigan, ESPN or ESPN2, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Eastern Michigan at Michigan State, Big Ten Network, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Ohio at Ohio State, ESPN or ESPN2, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Northern Colorado at Purdue, Big Ten Network, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Marshall at Wisconsin, Big Ten Network, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Oregon State at Penn State, ABC, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Murray State at Indiana, Big Ten Network, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Saturday, Sept. 13
Louisiana-Lafayette at Illinois, Big Ten Network, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Iowa State at Iowa, Big Ten Network, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Florida Atlantic at Michigan State, ESPN or ESPN2, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Montana State at Minnesota, Big Ten Network, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Southern Illinois at Northwestern, Big Ten Network, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Oregon at Purdue, ABC, 3:30 p.m. EDT

Saturday, Sept. 20
Florida Atlantic at Minnesota, Big Ten Network, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Ohio at Northwestern, Big Ten Network, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Troy at Ohio State, Big Ten Network, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Temple at Penn State, Big Ten Network, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Central Michigan at Purdue, Big Ten Network, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Notre Dame at Michigan State, ABC, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Ball State at Indiana, Big Ten Network, 7:00 p.m. EDT
 
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The only surprise is that they did not add any additional night games so the 12:00 ET slot is very crowded with BTN games, with 4-5 every week.

Agreed. If you have an evening window in weeks #1/2/4, why not use it to put on at least a second game? Especially in one of the places where a the early timeslot results in a (very early) 11:00am game. I would think folks in Iowa, Wisconsin, etc. would probably prefer to have a game at 6 or 7pm than 11am.
 
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Iowa State at Iowa, Big Ten Network, 11:00 a.m. CDT
Florida Atlantic at Michigan State, ESPN or ESPN2, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Hmmm, just noticed this gem.... This leads me to believe that this must be one of the weeks were the BTN chose before ESPN or ESPN2. No way that Disney would pick Florida Atlantic-MSU over Iowa St-Iowa. I think this is evidence of the Big Ten and BTN putting some pressure on Mediacom to pick up the BTN.
 
Madison Hawk

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Chances lightning strikes twice on opening weekend again?

High. Utah is a good team and Michigan, while still having a lot of talent, lost a lot of players from last year. More importantly, is installing a completely new system. It would not at all surprise me if Utah wins, but Michigan should improve as the year progresses.
 
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Chances lightning strikes twice on opening weekend again?

I don't think Utah wining would be anywhere near the same as Appalacian St. Utah is generally one fo the better teams is arguable the strongest non-BCS conference. Teams like that beat good -- even top -- BCS teams not infrequently. And Michigan is probaly going to be down this year given all the players they've lost and implimenting a new system.

Now if Ohio State were to lose to Youngstown, that would be a shock....
 
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Hmmm, just noticed this gem.... This leads me to believe that this must be one of the weeks were the BTN chose before ESPN or ESPN2. No way that Disney would pick Florida Atlantic-MSU over Iowa St-Iowa. I think this is evidence of the Big Ten and BTN putting some pressure on Mediacom to pick up the BTN.

Agreed. It could get real ugly if there is not a deal with Mediacom prior to that game.
 
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Chances lightning strikes twice on opening weekend again?

I think there is a good chance Appalachain State may cause the lightening to strike twice. They open against LSU in Baton Rouge. I'm worried that my Tigers are ripe for the picking coming off an MNC season and losing their starting QB (both of them). Hope I'm wrong! This will be an interesting game to watch, and if I'm not mistaken, it will be the first game of the season.

Geaux Tigers! :)
 

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