Rutgers Has Prime-Time Games Released – A Way Too Early Television Viewers Guide to the 2014 Rutgers Football Season
Yesterday the Big Ten Network released their prime-time football schedule for the 2014 season. This information coupled with last weeks’ announcement by ESPN/ABC of their prime-time games has some implications for Rutgers fans.
Prime-Time, Prime-Time, Prime-Time
While Rutgers fans were longing for one of their two marquee home games to be featured on ESPN/ABC in prime-time they received a very exciting consolation prize in discovering that the Scarlet Knights home schedule will feature not one but two prime-time home games. Rutgers will host Penn State on September 13 at 8:00pm and will host Michigan on October 4 at 7:00pm. Both games will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Armed with this data, I’ll gaze into my crystal ball and make much-much-much too early predictions for the rest of Rutgers 2014 game-times and networks.
Going through the Season:
August 28 @ Washington State:
This game will most likely be a 10:00 or 10:30pm EST kickoff on Fox Sports 1.
September 6th vs. Howard :
The Big Ten owns ten home games this week and not many are of much interest outside of Virginia Tech v Ohio State. This will probably fall noon on the BTN along with three other Big Ten games
Of Note: Virginia Tech @ Ohio State – 8PM ESPN/ESPN2
Of Note: Michigan @ Notre Dame – 7:30 NBC
Other Marquee Game: None of note
September 13 v. Penn State
8:00 – Prime-Time on the Big Ten Network. What a way for Scarlet Knight fans to kick-off the Big Ten.
Of Note: Purdue @ Notre Dame – 7:30 NBC
Of Note: Nebraska @ Fresno State – 10:30 CBSSN
Other Marquee Games: West Virginia @ Maryland, Iowa State @ Iowa
September 20 @ Navy:
As a road game, this one will be featured on the CBS family of networks.
Of Note: Miami @ Nebraska – 8PM ESPN Family
Other Marquee Game: Utah @ Michigan
September 27th vs. Tulane:
There’s some pretty interesting Big Ten conference games this week and two interesting out of conference games. This isn’t one of them as Rutgers v. Tulane doesn’t move the dial. I’m guessing noon on BTN.
Of Note: Cincinnati @ Ohio State – 6PM BTN
Of Note: Illinois @ Nebraska – 9PM BTN
Other Marquee Games: Minnesota @ Michigan, Northwestern @ Penn State
October 4 v. Michigan:
7:00 – Prime-time on the Big Ten Network against a marquee opponent. This is the only week the Big Ten Network broadcasts a prime-time game opposite the ESPN Family.
Of Note: Nebraska @ Michigan State – 8PM ESPN Family
Other Marquee Game: Nebraska @ Michigan State, Wisconsin @ Northwestern
October 11 – Open
October 18 @ Ohio State:
The Big Ten has five home games this week and already put one in primetime. This game looks like a strong candidate for 3:30 ABC/ESPN2 Mirror
Of Note: Nebraska @ Northwestern – 7:30PM BTN
Other Marquee Game: Michigan State @ Indiana
October 25 @ Nebraska:
Five Big Ten home games – one is featured in prime-time on ESPN and another one is Michigan @ Michigan State. This game looks like a noon kickoff assuming ESPN is going to take the Paul Bunyan Trophy Game at 3:30, but I’m going to go out on a limb and predict a 6PM BTN kickoff here.
Of Note: Ohio State @ Penn State – 8PM ESPN Family
Other Marquee Game: Michigan @ Michigan State.
November 1 v. Wisconsin:
Six Big-Ten home games this week and with Illinois @ Ohio State on prime-time you can tell it’s slim-pickings. If Rutgers holds up their end of the bargain this game will be 3:30 ABC/ESPN Mirror.
Of Note: Illinois @ Ohio State – 8PM ESPN Family
Other Marquee Game: Northwestern @ Iowa, Indiana @ Michigan, Maryland @ Penn State
November 8 – Open
November 15 v. Indiana:
Six home-games for the Big Ten and Notre Dame as an opponent at 3:30. Looks like a noon kickoff here on BTN.
Of Note: Northwestern @ Notre Dame – 3:30 NBC
Of Note: Michigan State @ Maryland – 8PM BTN
Other Marquee Game: Nebraska @ Wisconsin
November 22 @ Michigan State
The bye-weeks are over – 7 Big Ten home games so you would think this would be a noon game. The slate is light in terms of marquee names matching up and this should end up as a 3:30 kickoff on one of the networks.
Marquee Games: Iowa @ Wisconsin
November 29 @ Maryland:
Rivalry week in the Big Ten! I’d expect a noon kickoff here unless both teams exceed season one expectations.
Of Note: Nebraska @ Iowa on 11/28.
Other Marquee Games: Common its rivalry week!
So what did I get wrong?! Let me know in the comments section below.
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