Buckeyes Will Play a Fourth Game in Prime Time
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Pac-12 released their early season television schedule Wednesday afternoon. As expected, the September 14 Ohio State at California game will be a 4:00 pm local kickoff, and it will be aired nationally on FOX.
This means a 7:00 pm Eastern kickoff for Buckeye fans, giving Ohio State four games on national prime time television this season. More importantly, it gives Urban Meyer four national showcases for both recruits and poll voters.
It won't be considered a night game, but the effect will be the same for Meyer. In fact, the Buckeyes will receive the attention of a night game, without the "warmed up" and raucous crowd to have to contend with. Though given that this game is in Berkeley, a raucous crowd may not be possible.
Ohio State and Cal have played seven times previously, with the Buckeyes holding a 6-1 series advantage. When the two teams met last year in Ohio Stadium, it was their first meeting in 40 years.
head for the endzone for the winning score against Cal.
Photo by Dan Harker
The Buckeyes prevailed 35-28 in a difficult game, as Braxton Miller hit Devin Smith for a 72-yard score with 3:26 to play, breaking a 28-28 tie. Christian Bryant recorded his first career interception on Cal’s final drive.
Cal is now coached by Sonny Dykes, who is in his first season with the Golden Bears after coaching the nation’s top-ranked scoring offense one year ago at Louisiana Tech (51.5 ppg).
Dykes was 22-15 in three years at Louisiana Tech. His team won 16 of its last 20 games. Louisiana Tech scored 57 points in a two-point loss to Texas A&M last year.
This will be OSU's first prime time game of the season. They will play under the lights on consecutive Saturdays two weeks later when they host Wisconsin, and then travel to Northwestern. Like Wisconsin and Northwestern, the October 26 matchup at home against Penn State will also be an 8:00 pm Eastern kickoff. Each of these three games will either be on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
The only other kickoff time currently known is the October 19 homecoming game against Iowa, which will kick at 3:30 pm on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC.
September 14 looks like a very important day for the Big Ten. Along with OSU's trip to Cal in prime time, Illinois plays Washington at Soldier Field in Chicago at 6:00 pm on the BTN, Purdue hosts Notre Dame in an 8:00 pm kick on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, and Wisconsin travels to Arizona State for a 7:30 pm local kick on ESPN or ESPN2.
Iowa also travels to Iowa State and Nebraska hosts UCLA that same week, though the television schedule for those games has yet to be announced.
For Ohio State, there shouldn't be anymore prime time games popping up on the schedule, unless they happen to make it to the Big Ten Championship Game, which will likely be an 8:00 pm kickoff as it was last year
2013 Ohio State Schedule (Approx. start times – ET)
Aug. 31 – Buffalo – Scarlet & Gray Game
Sept. 7 – San Diego State – Alumni Band Game
Sept. 14 – at California (7 p.m. on FOX Sports)
Sept. 21 – Florida A&M – Military Appreciation Game
Sept. 28 –Wisconsin (8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2) – Hall of Fame Game
Oct. 5 – at Northwestern (8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)
Oct. 12 – Open Date
Oct. 19 – Iowa (3:30 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2) - Homecoming
Oct. 26 – Penn State (8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)
Nov. 2 – at Purdue
Nov. 9 – Open Date
Nov. 16 – at Illinois
Nov. 23 – Indiana – Senior Day
Nov. 30 – at Michigan
Dec. 7 – Big Ten Championship Game* (FOX Sports)
*Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.
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