ESPN Selects Seven Big Ten College Football Games for 2016 Saturday Prime Time

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ESPN Selects Seven Big Ten College Football Games for 2016 Saturday Prime Time

ESPN has selected seven Big Ten Conference college football games for Saturday prime-time on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 during the 2016 college football season. The schedule features eight Big Ten teams, including three teams in the way too early preseason rankings: No. 3 Michigan, No. 10 Ohio State and No. 17 Iowa. The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes both participated in last season’s New Year’s Six – Iowa in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual and Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Ohio State will be featured four consecutive weeks in the Saturday prime-time schedule — back-to-back away games on Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 (at Wisconsin, at Penn State) followed by back-to-back home games on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 (vs. Northwestern, vs. Nebraska). Additionally, Michigan opens (at Rutgers) and closes (at Iowa) the six week prime-time slate on the road on Oct. 8 and Nov. 12, respectively. Overall, the slate of seven games over six consecutive weeks is highlighted with an way too early top 25 team every Saturday.

The Wolverines became the highest-ranked Big Ten team in the way-too-early poll after securing a top 10 Signing Day class that includes the No. 1 ESPN 300 recruit Rashan Gary.

2016 Big Ten Schedule as of May 2 

Date Time (ET) Matchup
Sat, Oct. 8 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. No. 3 Michigan at Rutgers
Sat, Oct. 15 8 p.m. No. 10 Ohio State at Wisconsin
Sat, Oct. 22 8 p.m. No. 10 Ohio State at Penn State
Sat, Oct. 29 5:30 p.m. Northwestern at No. 10 Ohio State
7 p.m. Nebraska at Wisconsin
Sat, Nov. 5 8 p.m. Nebraska at No. 10 Ohio State
Sat, Nov. 12 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. No.3 Michigan at No. 17 Iowa

Please note: Schedule & rankings subject to change. Additional Big Ten non-prime time matchups will be announced in the coming months.


Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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