While we’ve known the kickoff for Fresno State since BTN announced its night slate for this fall, this afternoon the start times for the other two opponents of the 2016 season were announced:
First came Wyoming:
And then the big one:
We finally have a kick-off time for the super-critical Recruiting Party of 2017, also known as the Oregon game. A 2:30 start is ideal for Nebraska’s recruiting efforts, giving more time for players from elsewhere to travel to Lincoln to watch the Huskers beat down the Duckies.
With those times announced, here is the current schedule with known kickoffs:
|September 3||Fresno State||7:00 P.M.||BTN|
|September 10||Wyoming||11:00 A.M.||ESPN2|
|September 17||Oregon||2:30 P.M.||ABC|
|September 24||Northwestern||6:30 P.M.||BTN|
|October 1||Illinois||2:30 P.M.|
|October 15||Indiana||2:30 P.M.|
|October 29||Wisconsin||6/7/8 P.M.||ABC/ESPN/ESPN2|
|November 5||Ohio State||7:00 P.M.||ABC/ESPN/ESPN2|
|November 12||Minnesota||6:30 P.M.||BTN|
|December 3||Big Ten Championship||TBA|
*All times in Central Time, the superior football time zone
The remaining games against Purdue and Maryland are likely 11 or 2:30 starts and will likely appear on BTN, with the the game against our diminutive neighbors to the East on ABC.
Meanwhile, the Big Ten Network released their final schedule for the first three weeks:
If I had to guess, I’d say Oregon State- Minnesota may be the most competitive game of Week 1 for BTN.
Week 2 headliners are the CyHawk slapfest and UNC-Illinois.
Headliner for Week 3 is...Colorado-Michigan?! (Actually, it’s probably Duke Northwestern, which should be a great game.) That 2:30pm slot is going to be straight fire, with Ole Miss-Alabama (CBS), Nebraska-Oregon, Pitt-Okie Lite, and
What do you think of the new start times? Is the Oregon kickoff an advantage for Nebraska? Or will Oregon be awake and steamroll the Huskers?