Four Big Ten conference games have been selected to air in the afternoon on ABC this season. (The league's 2012 primetime schedule was announced last week).
Here is the list (all times ET):
Saturday, Oct. 6
Illinois at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Saturday, Oct. 13
Illinois at Michigan, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Saturday, Oct. 27
Michigan State at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Friday, Nov. 23
Nebraska at Iowa, Noon, ABC
Illinois, which didn't get any primetime games on ESPN or ABC, will have two choice afternoon showcases on ABC. But both will be difficult road games. The Michigan State-Wisconsin game became an obvious 3:30 p.m. kick after it was not chosen for primetime (and as some readers have pointed out, that avoids a conflict with the Halloween party in Madison). Year Two of the "Heroes Game" between Nebraska and Iowa once again gets an afternoon spotlight on the day after Thanksgiving.