Buckeyes Land Trio of Primetime Games for 2012
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Big Ten may prohibit night games in November, but Ohio State will make up for it with three primetime games in the month of October.
The Big Ten and its TV partners released their prime time schedule on Tuesday, with the Buckeyes drawing night games against Nebraska, Indiana and Penn State.
Yes, that is the Indiana football team that will host Ohio State for an 8 p.m. kickoff in Bloomington on Oct. 13 for a game that will air on the Big Ten Network. That game comes one week after the Buckeyes host Nebraska in their only home night game of the year.
The Cornhuskers come to Ohio Stadium on Oct. 6 for an 8 p.m. kickoff that will air on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
The final primetime game on Ohio State’s schedule for the 2012 football season is a trip to Happy Valley on Oct. 27. Michigan will also play a night game at Memorial Stadium in Nebraska that same night at 8 p.m., so Ohio State’s game with Penn State is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m.
The Nebraska game in early October will also be Ohio State’s Homecoming game, and will be the Cornhusker’s first visit to Columbus since playing back-to-back games at Ohio Stadium in 1955 and 1956.
Ohio State is 34-18 all-time in night games (those starting after 5 p.m. local time) with a 7-3 record in Ohio Stadium, an 18-8 mark on the road and a 9-7 record at neutral sites.
Ohio Stadium Night Games
1. Sept. 14, 1985 Ohio State 10, Pittsburgh 7
2. Sept. 11, 1993 Ohio State 21, Washington 12
3. Aug. 28, 1997 Ohio State 24, Wyoming 10
4. Sept. 11, 1999 Ohio State 42, UCLA 20
5. Oct. 6, 2001 Ohio State 38, Northwestern 20
6. Aug. 30, 2003 Ohio State 28, Washington 9
7. Sept. 10, 2005 Texas 25, Ohio State 22
8. Oct. 25, 2008 Penn State 13, Ohio State 10
9. Sept. 12, 2009 USC 18, Ohio State 15
10. Oct. 29, 2011 Ohio State 33, Wisconsin 29
Television assignments for the first three weeks of the Big Ten season (September 1, September 8 and September 15) will be selected no later than July 1, but the conference office expects to have television information for these first three weekends’ games well before the July 1 deadline.
The remaining nine games on the schedule will all likely be 12 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. kickoffs, including Ohio State’s rivalry game with Michigan on Nov. 24 in Columbus.
Here is the Big Ten’s prime time football schedule for 2012:
Boise State at Michigan State, 8 p.m., ESPN
Indiana State at Indiana, 8 p.m., Big Ten Network
Vanderbilt at Northwestern, 8 p.m., BTN
Notre Dame at Michigan State, 8 p.m., ABC
Utah State at Wisconsin, 8 p.m., BTN
Ball State at Indiana, 8 p.m., BTN
Syracuse at Minnesota, 8 p.m., BTN
Louisiana Tech at Illinois, 8 p.m., BTN
Wisconsin at Nebraska, 8 p.m., ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2
Nebraska at Ohio State, 8 p.m., ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2
Ohio State at Indiana, 8 p.m., BTN
Penn State at Iowa, 8 p.m., BTN
Ohio State at Penn State, 6 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2
Michigan at Nebraska, 8 p.m., ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2
2012 Ohio State Schedule
Sept. 1 – Miami (Ohio)
Sept. 8 – Central Florida
Sept. 15 – California
Sept. 22 – Alabama-Birmingham
Sept. 29 –at Michigan State
Oct. 6 – Nebraska (8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)
Oct. 13 – at Indiana (8 p.m. on the Big Ten Network)
Oct. 20 – Purdue
Oct. 27 – at Penn State (6 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)
Nov. 3 – Illinois
Nov. 10 – Open
Nov. 17 – at Wisconsin
Nov. 24 – Michigan
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