The Big Ten released its 2012 primetime football schedule moments ago:
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
Thoughts (because you are just dying to know what I think): Penn State only gets the one "national" primetime game against Ohio State, which comes at the always-awesome 6 p.m. kickoff spot on ESPN/2. And we know you're just sooo thrilled with the road trip to Iowa being given an 8 p.m. kickoff. Truth be told, that 8 p.m. slot on the Big Ten Network has actually produced some really good games over the years. Let's hope it's a blowout in favor of the good guys.
Beyond Penn State, the conference will have a nice selection of evening football this year, starting off with Boise State traveling to East Lansing for the first game of the year. But the out-of-conference primetime games aren't as strong as the Big Ten part of the schedule. Notre Dame vs Michigan State is always good for a #smh. Other than that, things really get cookin' when Wisconsin heads to Nebraska. In fact, Nebraska might have the best primetime Big Ten slate in the entire conference, hosting Wisconsin, traveling to Ohio State, then wrapping up with a night out against Michigan.
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