Big Ten Early Season 2015 Football TV Schedule Set

By Kevin Kelley -

The Big Ten early season 2015 football TV schedule has been set, and it features 40 games slated for broadcast.

The schedule kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 3 with two games — Michigan at Utah (8:30pm ET, FS1) and TCU at Minnesota (9pm, ESPN).

The first Big Ten Conference matchup is slated for Saturday, Sept. 19 when Rutgers travels to take on Penn State. The game will kickoff at 8pm ET on BTN.

Listed below are the Big Ten games have been selected for television as of June 12 (some were previously announced). All remaining Big Ten controlled games will be announced six-to-12 days prior to the date of the game.

Big Ten Early Season 2015 Football TV Schedule
All times Eastern.

Thursday, Sept. 3
Michigan at Utah – 8:30pm, FOX Sports 1
TCU at Minnesota – 9pm, ESPN

Friday, Sept. 4
Michigan State at Western Michigan – 7pm, ESPNU
Kent State at Illinois – 9pm, BTN

Saturday, Sept. 5
Illinois State at Iowa – Noon, BTN
Norfolk State at Rutgers – Noon, ESPNews
Richmond at Maryland – Noon, ESPNU
Stanford at Northwestern – Noon, ESPN
BYU at Nebraska – 3:30pm, ABC
Southern Illinois at Indiana – 4pm, ESPNews
Alabama vs. Wisconsin (at Arlington, TX) – 8pm, ABC
Penn State at Temple – TBA

Sunday, Sept. 6
Purdue at Marshall – 3pm, FOX Sports 1

Monday, Sept. 7
Ohio State at Virginia Tech – 8pm, ESPN

Saturday, Sept. 12
Bowling Green at Maryland – Noon, BTN
Buffalo at Penn State – Noon, ESPN2 or ESPNU
Indiana State at Purdue – Noon, ESPNews
Miami (OH) at Wisconsin – Noon, ESPN2 or ESPNU
Oregon State at Michigan – Noon, ABC
Western Illinois at Illinois – Noon, BTN
Hawaii at Ohio State – 3:30pm, BTN
Minnesota at Colorado State – 3:30pm, CBSSN
Washington State at Rutgers – 3:30pm, ESPN2 or ESPNU
Eastern Illinois at Northwestern – 4pm, ESPNews
Iowa at Iowa State – 4:30pm, FOX
FIU at Indiana – 8pm, BTN (Alternate)
Oregon at Michigan State – 8pm, ABC
South Alabama at Nebraska – 8pm, BTN

Saturday, Sept. 19
Air Force at Michigan State – Noon, ESPN or ESPN2
Illinois at North Carolina – Noon, ESPN or ESPN2
Kent State at Minnesota – Noon, BTN
UNLV at Michigan – Noon, BTN
USF at Maryland – Noon, ESPNews
Northwestern at Duke – 12:30pm, ACC Network
Nebraska at Miami (FL) – 3:30pm, ABC/ESPN2
Northern Illinois at Ohio State – 3:30pm, ABC/ESPN2
Troy at Wisconsin – 3:30pm, BTN
Virginia Tech at Purdue – 3:30pm, ESPNU
Western Kentucky at Indiana – 4pm, ESPNews
Pittsburgh at Iowa – 8pm, BTN (Alternate)
Rutgers at Penn State – 8pm, BT

Comments (16)

I don’t know how much to look at this, but is surely looks that the SEC games could be predicted by this schedule. For example, Week 3, looks like Bama/Miss and UGA/SCar could both be at night on ESPN or ESPN2 since there are no Big Ten games scheduled then and both slots are used at noon.

Yeah, I thought the Bama/Wisconsin game was going to be at 3:30pm, I can understand why it is in prime time though.

Not sure if the Cougars will romp. But, Nebraska vs BYU shapes up to be one of the best matchup of the opening weekend in college football.
Alabama vs Wisconsin and OSU vs Va Tech will keep me watching as well.
Although they have clearly struggled in the Pac 12 South. Utah at home could pull off a huge upset if Jim doesn’t have the boys ready.

Not sure how Utah beating Michigan would be a huge upset given that Utah beat them last year, had 4 more wins than them last year, and beat UCLA and USC last year. And the game is at Rice-Eccles, one of the most hostile environments in FBS.

Never realized Utah was struggling so hard in conference.
To break it down…There are only 6 teams in the PAC 12 South and Utah & Colorado have been last or second to last place in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
I am wondering if this is what the PAC 12 had in mind when they expanded?

Utah is a very competitive program with the misfortune of playing in the nation’s best CFB division, and back to back wins over Stanford are nothing to sneeze at. Don’t be surprised if they trounce Michigan at home on Thursday night Sept. 3rd to open the season. It’ll be interesting to see which SEC game gets the 7:45 PM timeslot on ESPN on 9-19 opposite the 8 PM Stanford @ USC showdown on ABC as the Trojans go for three straight wins against the Cardinal.


Utah is in the nation’s best CFB division?

I didn’t realize they played in the SEC West :)

Other than Colorado, the PAC South is about the next best thing to the SEC West. USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, and Utah all have strong programs. The difference is that the SEC West now has 7 strong programs with Arkansas coming out of the doldrums.
Let’s allow Marv to say the PAC South is the nation’s best “six team” CFB division, heh.

Auburn and Texas A & M have shown no inclination to be able to produce a championship level defense, and nobody has yet to figure out how the Aggies went from national irrelevance in the Big 12 to being IMMEDIATELY competitive when the ‘experts’ said it couldn’t be done in less than 5-10 years. The Tigers have to prove that they have recovered from the biggest choke job in the history of the BCS with a new QB and a new DC—how long will that take?

Ole Miss has been driven back into irrelevancy and to the drawing board; whatever credibility they earned from upsetting Alabama vanished after that debacle against TCU.

LSU still has issues at QB which have plagued them throughout various portions of the Les Miles era, but they play in a conference where they can win 8+ games without one as they did last year.

Mississippi St. Is still years away from becoming nationally relevant, and like Ole Miss, their OOC schedules remain indefensible.

Arkansas is on the rise, but they haven’t been relevant football-wise in decades; let’s see if Bielema can continue to improve the product.

Alabama’s defense has fallen off dramatically since OU punched their lights out; how long will it take Kirby Smart to rebuild it after it disappeared against the Buckeyes?

Got it.
Auburn, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and LSU are not very good
But Utah has finished 5th (out of 6 teams) in the PAC 12 South for 3 straight years but they are super competitive.
Makes sense.

Big ten wins triple header!! Huskers 37-16 over Byu .. Badgers 27-23 over Bama and Buckeyes 48-13 over v tech!!!!