Big Ten reveals Week 1 football TV schedule, moves five games to Friday

By Kevin Kelley -

The Big Ten Conference has revealed their Week 1 football TV schedule and have moved five games to Friday nights this season, it was announced on Monday.

The first Big Ten football game of the 2020 season will now kickoff on Friday, Oct. 23 when the Illinois Fighting Illini travel to face the Wisconsin Badgers. The game, previously set for Saturday, Oct. 24, is set for 8:00pm ET on the Big Ten Network.

The six remaining Big Ten matchups in Week 1 are each scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24. Those contests are listed below (all times Eastern):

Rutgers at Michigan State – 12pm, BTN
Nebraska at Ohio State – 12pm, FOX
Penn State at Indiana – 3:30pm, FS1
Iowa at Purdue – 3:30pm, BTN
Michigan at Minnesota – 7:30pm, ABC
Maryland at Northwestern – 7:30pm, BTN

Four other Big Ten football matchups in 2020 have also been moved to Friday nights and are listed below:

Friday, Oct. 30
Minnesota at Maryland – 7:30pm, ESPN

Friday, Nov. 13
Iowa at Minnesota – 7pm, FS1

Friday, Nov. 20
Purdue at Minnesota – TBD, BTN

Friday, Nov. 27
Nebraska at Iowa – TBD, FOX or FS1

Additionally, the kickoff time and television network have been set for the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio State Buckeyes game on Saturday, Dec. 12. The game will kickoff at 12:00pm ET and will be televised by FOX.

Big Ten Football Schedule

Comments (5)

UM-OSU needs to be at night. If SpongeBob SquarePants taught me anything, it’s that most things are better at night.

The game is in Columbus this year. And also the MAC regularly plays night games into the final week of November and is in a similar territory to the Big Ten,

Can’t believe Minnesota has elected to play most of their home games at night, that late in the season. Will be so comfortable. That’s PJ for ya!