On Oct. 15, Michigan and Michigan State will meet in East Lansing in a crucial game in the Big Ten's Legends Division (it's still weird to type that). The Wolverines can enter the game with a 6-0 record if they win on Saturday at Northwestern, and we already know Michigan State will be 4-1 going into the game since it has a bye this week.â†µ
Because this will be a rivalry game between at the very least two one-loss teams, I figured it would get the 3:30 p.m. slot on ABC. As it turns out, that slot will have the Illinois-Ohio State game on Oct. 15. Michigan and Michigan State will start at noon and ESPN will have the broadcast.â†µ
Here's the full Big Ten schedule for Oct. 15 (all times Eastern):â†µ
Noon: Michigan at Michigan State (ESPN), Indiana at Wisconsin (ESPN2), Purdue at Penn State (BTN)â†µ
3:30 p.m.: Ohio State at Illinois (ABC)â†µ
7 p.m.: Northwestern at Iowa (BTN)â†µ
I guess ESPN feels that more people will tune in to watch the sinking ship that is Ohio State than the Michigan/Michigan State game.