2016 Big Ten Network Primetime Football Schedule Announced

By Kevin Kelley -

The Big Ten Network has announced their 2016 prime time football TV schedule, which includes a total of 12 games with Big Ten teams in action.

The schedule kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 3 with Fresno State visiting Nebraska. The first conference matchup, Nebraska at Northwestern, is slated for Saturday, Sept. 24.

Additional games slated for the Big Ten Network will be announced at a later date. Typically, most matchups will be announced 6-12 days prior to the game.

2016 Big Ten Primetime Football TV Schedule
*All times Eastern.

Thursday, Sept. 1
Oregon State at Minnesota – Time TBA

Friday, Sept. 2
Furman at Michigan State – 7pm

Saturday, Sept. 3
Fresno State at Nebraska – 8pm

Saturday, Sept. 10
Iowa State at Iowa – 7:30pm
North Carolina at Illinois – 7:30pm

Saturday, September 17
Duke at Northwestern – 8pm

Saturday, September 24
Nebraska at Northwestern – 7:30pm

Saturday, October 1
Michigan State at Indiana – 8pm

Saturday, October 22
Michigan State at Maryland – 7:30pm

Saturday, November 5
Iowa at Penn State – 7:30pm

Saturday, November 12
Minnesota at Nebraska – 7:30pm

Saturday, November 19
Penn State at Rutgers – 8pm


Comments (5)

Wisky, UM and especially OSU are getting prime time exposure on ABC/ESPN. Purdue doesn’t do BTN prime time home games because Purdue will have to cover rental fees for lights. So they lose more than half their chances to be prime time and they are not enough of a draw for ABC/ESPN to pick them for a night game unless they are playing Notre Dame.

MSU rents their lights too, they all have Iowa license plates on them. I don’t see how playing Furman justifies that cost, but it seems like opening on Fridays have been the norm.

The Big Ten Network has 3rd or 4th priority each week. I’m sure they’d pick up Michigan and/or Ohio State games if they could.