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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Night Games Hard to Come By for Gophers

With the track record of the Gophers over the past decade it is not surprising that when the Big Ten announced its prime time schedule for the upcoming season the Gophers were nowhere to be found on ESPN or ABC. The Big Ten Network selected the Gophers non conference game against Syracuse on September 22, 2012 for a 7PM kickoff, but that is it. All the Gophers other home games will be day games, but starting times have yet to be announced. It should be pointed out that the Gophers first game of the season against UNLV will also be a night game, but that is an away game for the Gophers. Primetime games are a great way to gain exposure for a program, which the Gophers could clearly benefit from. First, the Gophers are going to have to become relevant in the Big Ten. Hopefully in the coming years we will see the Gophers listed more then once on the primetime schedule. However, there are still some great games on tap for the upcoming season. The Michigan vs Nebraska game could be the key game to decide who heads to the championship from the Legends division. With Ohio State not even being eligible for post season play, I must admit I am disppointed that somehow Ohio State still finds itself on ABC/ ESPN twice this year and an additional game on the BTN. For instance, on October 27th, I would much rather see Michigan St. at Wisconsin in primetime.

Here are the Big Ten prime time games for the upcoming 2012 Season:

August 31st: Boise State at Michigan St. 8pm ESPN
September 1st: Indiana St. at Indiana  8pm BTN
September 8th: Vanderbilt at Northwestern 8pm BTN
September 15th: Notre Dame at Michigan St. 8pm ABC
September 15th: Utah St. at Wisconsin 8pm BTN
September 22nd: Syracuse at Minnesota 8pm BTN
September 29th: Wisconsin at Nebraska 8pm ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
October 6th: Nebraska at Ohio State 8pm ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
October 13th: Ohio State at Indiana 8pm BTN
October 20th: Penn State at Iowa 8pm BTN
October 27th: Ohio State at Penn State 6pm ESPN or ESPN2
October 27th: Michigan at Nebraska 8pm ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

Per conference rules, there are no outdoor night games at Big Ten stadiums after October
All listed times are ET

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