More early B1G kickoff times, TV plans

June, 12, 2013
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Several Big Ten schools have released kickoff times and TV plans for early season games.

Let's recap:

Aug. 31
  • Massachusetts at Wisconsin, noon ET, Big Ten Network
  • Southern Illinois at Illinois, noon ET, Big Ten Network
  • Northern Illinois at Iowa, 3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
  • Central Michigan at Michigan, 3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Sept. 7
  • Missouri State at Iowa, noon ET, Big Ten Network
  • Eastern Michigan at Penn State, noon ET, Big Ten Network
  • Tennessee Tech at Wisconsin, noon ET, Big Ten Network
  • Indiana State at Purdue, noon ET, Big Ten Network
Sept. 14
  • Akron at Michigan, noon ET, Big Ten Network
  • Youngstown State at Michigan State, 2 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

No real surprises here. Northern Illinois-Iowa is one of the more appealing Week 1 games, so it makes sense for Big Ten Network to feature in the mid-afternoon window. Michigan opened with a 3:30 p.m. ET home kickoff from 2008-2011 and will resume the trend against Central Michigan.

The Gary Andersen era at Wisconsin begins with two ho-hum opponents for 11 a.m. local time kickoffs. Students typically don't show up on time for those early games, so the crowds could be a bit disappointing.

We now know the kickoff times and TV plans for all but one of the Week 1 matchups (Purdue's opener at Cincinnati has yet to be announced).

Here are the others:

Aug. 29
  • UNLV at Minnesota, 7 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
  • Indiana State at Indiana, 7 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Aug. 30
  • Western Michigan at Michigan State, 8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Aug. 31
  • Buffalo at Ohio State, noon ET, ESPN2
  • Massachusetts at Wisconsin, noon ET, Big Ten Network
  • Southern Illinois at Illinois, noon ET, Big Ten Network
  • Penn State vs. Syracuse (at East Rutherford, N.J.), 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC or ESPN2
  • Northern Illinois at Iowa, 3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
  • Central Michigan at Michigan, 3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
  • Wyoming at Nebraska, 8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
  • Northwestern at Cal, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

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