Big Ten sets time, TV for several football games in 2018

By Kevin Kelley -

The Big Ten has announced several time and television designations for football games in 2018, and most are on the ESPN and FOX networks.

The schedule kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 30 with Minnesota hosting New Mexico State (7:00pm, BTN) and Purdue hosting Northwestern (8:00pm, ESPN).

The Big Ten also announced Homecoming dates for all 14 member schools.

Listed below are the early season Big Ten games that have been selected for television as of May 31, plus 22 games from Week 4 onward.

All remaining Big Ten controlled games will be announced six-to-12 days prior to the date of the game.

Big Ten 2018 Football TV Schedule
All times Eastern.

Thursday, Aug. 30
New Mexico State at Minnesota – 7pm, BTN
Northwestern at Purdue – 8pm, ESPN

Friday, Aug. 31
Utah State at Michigan State – 7pm, BTN
Western Kentucky at Wisconsin – 9pm, ESPN

Saturday, Sept. 1
Oregon State at Ohio State – 12pm, ABC
Texas vs. Maryland (at FedEx Field) – 12pm, FS1
Kent State at Illinois – 12pm, BTN
Texas State at Rutgers – 12pm, BTN
Appalachian State at Penn State – 3:30pm, BTN
Northern Illinois at Iowa – 3:30pm, BTN
Akron at Nebraska – 8pm, FOX

Saturday, Sept. 8
Western Michigan at Michigan – 12pm, FS1
Duke at Northwestern – 12pm, ESPNU
New Mexico at Wisconsin – 12pm, BTN
Eastern Michigan at Purdue – 12pm, BTN
Colorado at Nebraska – 3:30pm, ABC
Rutgers at Ohio State – 3:30pm, BTN
Iowa State at Iowa – 5pm, FOX
Fresno State at Minnesota – 7:30pm, FS1
Virginia at Indiana – 7:30pm, BTN
Western Illinois at Illinois – 7:30pm, BTN

Saturday, Sept. 15
Kent State at Penn State – 12pm, FS1
Troy at Nebraska – 12pm, BTN
Temple at Maryland – 12pm, BTN
Ball State at Indiana – 12pm, BTN
BYU at Wisconsin – 3:30pm, ABC/ESPN/2
SMU at Michigan – 3:30pm, BTN
USF vs. Illinois (at Soldier Field) – 3:30pm, BTN
Miami (Ohio) at Minnesota – 3:30pm, BTN
Missouri at Purdue – 7:30pm, BTN
Northern Iowa at Iowa – 7:30pm, BTN
Akron at Northwestern – 7:30pm, BTN

Friday, Sept. 21
Penn State at Illinois – 9pm, FS1

Saturday, Sept. 22
Boston College at Purdue (HC) – 12pm, ABC/ESPN/2

Saturday, Sept. 29
Purdue at Nebraska (HC) – 3:30/4pm, TV TBA

Saturday, Oct. 6
Maryland at Michigan (HC) – 12pm, TV TBA
Northwestern at Michigan State (HC) – 12pm, TV TBA
Iowa at Minnesota (HC) – 3:30/4pm, TV TBA
Indiana at Ohio State (HC) – 3:30/4pm, TV TBA

Saturday, Oct. 13
Iowa at Indiana (HC) – 12pm, ABC/ESPN/2
Rutgers at Maryland (HC) – 12pm, TV TBA
Nebraska at Northwestern (HC) – 12pm, TV TBA
Purdue at Illinois (HC) – 3:30/4pm, TV TBA
Michigan State at Penn State (HC) – 3:30/4pm, TV TBA

Saturday, Oct. 20
Maryland at Iowa (HC) – 12pm, TV TBA
Northwestern at Rutgers (HC) – 12pm, TV TBA
Illinois at Wisconsin (HC) – 12pm, TV TBA
Michigan at Michigan State – Time TBD – FOX or FS1
Penn State at Indiana – Time TBD – ABC/ESPN/2

Friday, Oct. 26
Indiana at Minnesota – 8pm, FS1

Saturday, Nov. 3
Notre Dame at Northwestern – Time TBA, ABC/ESPN/2

Friday, November 23
Nebraska at Iowa – 12pm, FOX

Saturday, November 24
Michigan at Ohio State – 12pm, FOX

Saturday, December 1
B1G Championship Game (at Lucas Oil Stadium) – 8pm, FOX

* (HC) = Homecoming

Football Schedules

Comments (3)

When is the Big Ten gonna learn that they will get really good ratings for Michigan-Ohio State in primetime? I think even Fox wants the game in the primetime slot.

The big 10 does not play games after 3:30 in late November, it’s just a bit to cold. I think the ratings for UM vs OSU are just fine! It’s the people on the west coast that complain that the game is to early in the day!j

Even with the new contract the Big Ten was still the only conference not to play at night on Thanksgiving weekend last year Fox wants that to change so they can compete better with ABC on that weekend