ESPN Selects Seven 2016 Big Ten Football Games for Prime Time

By Kevin Kelley -

ESPN has selected seven Big Ten football games for their Saturday prime time schedule in 2016. The games will air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

Ohio State will be featured in four of the prime time matchups. Other schools include Rutgers, Wisconsin, Penn State, Northwestern, Nebraska, and Iowa.

Additional Big Ten games slated for television will be announced over the next few months. Others will be announced 6-12 days prior to the date of the game.

2016 Big Ten Prime Time Football Schedule
*All times Eastern.

Saturday, Oct. 8
Michigan at Rutgers – 7 or 8pm, ABC/ESPN/2

Saturday, Oct. 15
Ohio State at Wisconsin – 8pm, ABC/ESPN/2

Saturday, Oct. 22
Ohio State at Penn State – 8pm, ABC/ESPN/2

Saturday, Oct. 29
Northwestern at Ohio State – 5:30pm, ESPN or ESPN2
Nebraska at Wisconsin – 7pm, ABC/ESPN/2

Saturday, Nov. 5
Nebraska at Ohio State – 8pm, ABC/ESPN/2

Saturday, Nov. 12
Michigan at Iowa – 7 or 8pm, ABC/ESPN/2

Football Schedules

  1. Day
    May 2, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Michigan vs Rutgers in Prime time? I would think the Michigan St vs BYU would be more attractive.

  2. Z Man
    May 2, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Michigan-OSU needs to be in primetime too

    • Day
      May 2, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      It will never be in prime time, its always played at 1pm eastern time.

    • jim
      May 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Always Noon Eastern, not 1:00 PM. And always has an ABC national broadcast window,

    • Day
      May 2, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Yep, my bad.

    • Z Man
      May 2, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      that’s the point, it is always at noon, time for a change, it will help TV ratings especially on the west coast where a noon start is 9 AM (not ideal if you want to have a large TV audience)

    • Day
      May 2, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      Z man,
      Not to disagree with you but the biggest rivalry in college football is doing just fine, not sure if anybody wants to be in Ann Arbor or Columbus between the hours of 8pm till 12am in those temperatures.

  3. Evan
    May 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    How do we know that these games are actually going to be primetime worthy? Or is it just part of ESPN’s contract with the B1G?

  4. Shep
    May 2, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Yeah… this is why I had to order the sports package to make sure I’ve got BTN in Tejas.

  5. Dave
    May 2, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Why would Rutgers be shown? They continue to get worse each season, are not the least bit competitive in the Big 10 and at the same time Michigan State is missing. BYU vs. Michigan State would be infinitely more entertaining. Why Rutgers got the invite bewilders me and alot of other fans. They have no business being in a P5 conference with their 120 year record of futlity.

    • Jeff B
      May 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Its all about money!!!! Big 10 os greedy just like all the other conferences!!

  6. Droopy
    May 3, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I’m surprised that Michigan State doesn’t have any prime time games in this group.

  7. Greg
    May 12, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Michigan state does have 2 primetime games on the road against Indiana and Maryland but they will be on Fox