ESPN announces Six 2013 Big Ten Football Games for Prime Time

By Kevin Kelley -

ESPN has announced six 2013 Big Ten football games for prime time telecasts on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Two of the B1G games feature Notre Dame as the opponent.

The schedule kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 7 when Notre Dame travels to the Big House to take on Michigan. The game will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET.

The following week, Notre Dame travels to take on Big Ten foe Purdue. That game will also be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. The remaining four games feature Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, and Wisconsin.

Listed below is the 2013 Big Ten game that were announced today for coverage on ESPN networks:

Date Game Time (ET) Network
Sat., Sept. 7 Notre Dame at Michigan 8:00 p.m. ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat., Sept. 14 Notre Dame at Purdue 8:00 p.m. ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat., Sept. 28 Wisconsin at Ohio State 8:00 p.m. ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat., Oct. 5 Ohio State at Northwestern 8:00 p.m. ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat., Oct. 12 Michigan at Penn State 5:00 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2
Sat., Oct. 26 Penn State at Ohio State 8:00 p.m. ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
  1. EverettHughes
    April 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Nice job, Kevin! 10,000 likes on Facebook. I’d make it 10,001 if i had one…

  2. Bill
    April 29, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    The big Ten was wise to insist in the ESPN contract that all ESPN/ABC games get national coverage. So if ABC is showing 3 or more games the mid west will get the BigTen on their local ABC’s and the rest of the country on ESPN2.

    Between ESPN family and BTN a true Big Ten fan never has to order Game Plan.

  3. caimy
    April 30, 2013 at 4:36 am

    no Nebraska? no Michigan State? only one game with Wisconsin?
    i had picked other games …

    • Bill
      April 30, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      These are prime time games. They are not daytime games. Many Big Ten teams prefer to play during the day, Especially after the weather turns.

  4. nate
    April 30, 2013 at 9:51 am

    They can add more later.

  5. Tony
    April 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I see where September 7 lists ABC as an 8:00 option for Notre Dame – Michigan. But if I remember correctly, doesn’t ABC do the Richmond NASCAR race that weekend?

    Notre Dame – Michigan was on ESPN in 2011…and a heck of a game it was. I can easily see this one doing the same, and if the game’s half as good I’ll count myself fortunate.

    • Horn
      May 1, 2013 at 11:18 am

      I am betting the local ABC affiliates/markets specific to the teams involved in the game will pick up the football games while the NASCAR gets pushed to ESPN. Market Specific instances

    • Matt
      May 1, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      I hope that you are right. Where I live in Canada, the local cable company gets their American feeds from Detroit.

  6. C
    May 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Really?!?! Notre Dame and Purdue on Primetime?!?! I’m about to puke

    • Tyrone Willingham
      May 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Go ahead puke C. They are just giving the people what they ask for. If the ND-MSU was at MSU this year, that one would be on there too! Go Irish, Go Boilers!

  7. Matt Jr.
    May 2, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Notre Dame @ Michigan will go on ESPN (or ESPN2) like 2 years because ESPN has already said that NASCAR Richmnond will go ABC

  8. T. Shelby
    May 3, 2013 at 12:36 am

    At least we will see Alabama in the Championship Game and Norte Dame needs the practice. :-)