SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 17: Michael Floyd #3 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish catches the ball while Darqueze Dennard #31 of the Michigan State Spartans works to break up the pass during the first half September 17, 2011at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
The Big Ten primetime schedule has been announced, with Michigan State and Michigan being represented well.
On Tuesday, the Big Ten announced its schedule for primetime games for the 2012 season, as reported by ESPN. There are 14 primetime games for the conference, with six of them being on ABC/ESPN and eight of them on the Big Ten Network. Things will get started on Aug 31, when the Michigan State Spartans will take on Boise State at 8 p.m. eastern on ESPN.
Michigan State will see a second primetime game before Michigan gets their first against an in-conference team, with a matchup against Notre Dame on ABC at 8 p.m. on Sept. 15. Michigan has one primetime game announced on this schedule, at Nebraska on Oct. 27 on ESPN, ESPN or ESPN2 (it hasn't yet been decided). Not included is Michigan at Notre Dame, which has already been labeled as a night game, and Michigan vs. Alabama, which is expected to be a primetime game but there's nothing solid on that yet.
At any rate, here's the schedule as reported by ESPN, with all times Eastern:
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