COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Tuesday ESPN announced six primetime Big Ten games on their airwaves for the 2014 college football season, and three of those games will feature the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Buckeyes Slated for Three Primetime Games This Season on ABC/ESPN
By Tony Gerdeman
ESPN will carry OSU's September 6 home opener against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. The Buckeyes will then play in consecutive 8 p.m. starts beginning with the October 25 game at Penn State, followed by a November 1 home game against Illinois.
Virginia Tech returns 12 starters from last season where they went 8-5 overall and 5-3 in the ACC. This will be the first time the two schools have ever played against each other.
The Buckeyes again travel to Penn State at night, which will be the sixth time the two teams have played at night. Ohio State has won three of the previous five, and they own a 2-1 record at night in Happy Valley. This will be the third year in a row that this game will be played under the lights.
The Illinois game is a bit of an outlier in terms of game magnitude, and it will be the first time the Illini have ever played in Ohio Stadium at night.
There has been plenty of talk about the Ohio State game at Michigan State being played in primetime, and that is still a possibility as night games could be added in the future.
The fact that the MSU game was not yet put in primetime is a bit of a surprise, as it seemed like a home run selection, but there is still a possibility that this game will end up under the lights.
The Big Ten Network will also release their slate of primetime games on Tuesday April 22.
Ohio State is officially 39-22 all-time in night games, which includes records of 20-10 on the road and 10-3 at home. They are 9-9 all-time in night games at neutral sites.
With Ohio State opening the season in Baltimore against Navy in a 12 p.m. kick, the start times of four games in the 2014 season is now known.
2014 Ohio State Football Schedule
Aug. 30 – vs. Navy (12 p.m. on CBS or CBS Sports Network)
Sept. 6 – Virginia Tech (8 p.m . on ESPN)
Sept. 13 – Kent State
Sept. 20 – Off
Sept. 27 – Cincinnati
Oct. 4 – at Maryland
Oct. 11 – Off
Oct. 18 – Rutgers
Oct. 25 – at Penn State (8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)
Nov. 1 – Illinois (8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)
Nov. 8 – at Michigan State
Nov. 15 – at Minnesota
Nov. 22 – Indiana
Nov. 29 – Michigan
Dec. 6 – Big Ten Championship Game (FOX)
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