BTN unveils 2013 primetime football schedule

BTN will televise 12 primetime games during the 2013 college football season, the most in network history. Five games feature a pre-season top-25 Big Ten team, while three of the 12 matchups feature games versus teams from the SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences. Eight Big Ten schools in all will be featured in primetime.

“Primetime games are becoming more and more popular,” said BTN President Mark Silverman. “Featuring compelling matchups in primetime allows BTN to remain front and center in Big Ten and college football fans’ minds throughout the entire day,” he said.

Highlights of the schedule include a pair of Nebraska and Northwestern games and one with reigning Big Ten Champion Wisconsin, with all three teams listed in many pre-season top 25 polls. Other key games include BTN’s first ever night game at Penn State, as well as Syracuse at Northwestern, Missouri at Indiana and UNLV at Minnesota. In addition, Illinois takes on Pac-12 opponent Washington at Soldier Field.

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Both Sept. 7 and Sept. 14 include three primetime games. When BTN airs more than one game at a time, fans can go to to determine the channel number for the game they want to see.

In total, BTN will televise 47 football games this fall. Start times and television arrangements for other early-season games will be announced at a later date.

BTN PRIMETIME SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)

Thursday, August 29

  • 7 PM – UNLV at Minnesota

Friday, August 30

  • 8 PM – Western Michigan at Michigan State

Saturday, August 31

  • 8 PM – Wyoming at Nebraska

Saturday, September 7

  • 6 PM – Syracuse at Northwestern
  • 6 PM – Southern Miss at Nebraska

Saturday, September 14

  • 6 PM – UCF at Penn State
  • 6 PM – Washington vs. Illinois (at Soldier Field)
  • 9 PM – Western Michigan at Northwestern

Saturday, September 21

  • 8 PM – Missouri at Indiana

Saturday, October 19

  • 8 PM – Wisconsin at Illinois


Thursday, Aug. 29

  • 7 PM – Indiana State at Indiana

Saturday, September 7

  • 6 PM – Navy at Indiana

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Show Comments (38 Comments)
shookwriter27 on 5/6/2013 @ 4:40pm EDT Said:

I’m glad to see Illinois in two prime time games. BTN continues to grow in importance as a network.

Brian on 5/6/2013 @ 4:43pm EDT Said:

Why can’t the B1G play night games in November? I never understood the stupid reason behind this. The threat of weather posing problems on these games is what the most common response is. The B1G needs to get into prime time games past Oct. 31st if they want to stay relevant from a football standpoint.

Doug on 5/6/2013 @ 5:03pm EDT Said:

Regional coverage for the two Indiana games? What does that mean? That they won’t be on outside Bloomington, even on the spillover channels? I know Indiana hasn’t been good in forever, but that seems to be a slap in the face.

USMCSpartan(Ret.) on 5/6/2013 @ 5:24pm EDT Said:

It’s pretty odd that Western Michigan gets more coverage than the other 2 State Schools

Badger Fan99 on 5/6/2013 @ 8:47pm EDT Said:

The Northwestern game against Wisconsin at Camp Randall would have been a great night game…WiscONsin!

Seth on 5/7/2013 @ 3:56am EDT Said:

Iowa hawkeyes?

Doug on 5/7/2013 @ 9:00am EDT Said:

Regional coverage for Indiana? Gee, thanks a lot, BTN. So IU’s not even good enough to be on its own conference network. I know we’ve been a doormat for years, but did you really have to reinforce it? So how do out of market fans who might actually want to watch those two Indiana games get to watch?

    BTN Communications on 5/8/2013 @ 1:10pm EDT Said:

    Hi Doug – As mentioned, BTN provides Extra Football Game Channels during the football season to televise multiple football games occurring at the same time. Those living outside of Indiana will be able to see their game on one of the Extra Football Game Channels, which will be available throughout the football season, including on Thursdays if necessary.

WyoBuckeye on 5/7/2013 @ 9:12am EDT Said:

Great to see my other alma mater, Wyoming, on the schedule. Thank you BTN. Go cowboys!

Robert Shaffer on 5/7/2013 @ 10:30am EDT Said:

I agree Brian

Jeff Elinsky on 5/7/2013 @ 2:33pm EDT Said:

Will I be able to see Indiana/Indiana State on Thursday, Aug 29th here in Colorado with Direct TV, or will I be stuck with Minny/UNLV…??!???!!? staff on 5/7/2013 @ 2:39pm EDT Said:

    Jeff, we don’t have the information here. Can you submit that to our Customer Service team (email them here)? They read every piece of mail and generally have a better sense of that stuff, although it may be too early to answer this TV programming question.

Jeff Elinsky on 5/7/2013 @ 2:40pm EDT Said:

Ouch…!!! Same for IU/Navy Sept 7….will they be on the “overflow” channel at least…??!??? IU is due for a breakout year, with a VERY exciting passing team & everyone back on offense…..PLEASE don’t make me watch Nebraska crush So Miss…!?!!?!!

Jeff Elinsky on 5/7/2013 @ 2:41pm EDT Said:

Thanks for quick response….!!!

sriv94 on 5/7/2013 @ 3:11pm EDT Said:

Unless you live in Indiana, I’m 99.9% certain you won’t see either of the first two IU games live. Pretty sure the overflow is only available on Saturday, and it looks like BTN will be cutting back to one overflow channel (hence USM/NEB and SYR/NW available nationally, with NAVY/IND available “regionally”). staff on 5/7/2013 @ 3:53pm EDT Said:

    Sriv94, just to be clear on how the overflow works: BTN uses Extra Football Game Channels to televise multiple football games occurring at the same time – whether it’s a Thursday or a Saturday. BTN has offered all of its TV providers the opportunity to make these Extra Football Game Channels available to their subscribers. Satellite providers and telco providers, including AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FiOS, make every BTN football broadcast available on either the primary BTN channel or Extra Football Game Channels. When we get closer to the season, please use the GameFinder page for channel info. And, of course, you can always contact Customer Support directly if you have any other questions. Hope that helps.

sriv94 on 5/7/2013 @ 4:27pm EDT Said:

Hi, staff. Your own website contradicts this in the FAQ. “BTN uses Extra Football Game Channels to televise BTN football games occurring at the same time. These Extra Football Game Channels are only available on Saturdays during the football season.” So unless a change in the policy is forthcoming, that would seem to indicate that INST/IND won’t be available to viewers outside Indiana. As for NAVY/IND, if there’s enough overflow space then I should have no problem (I live in Chicago, so the main channel would be showing SYR/NW that night anyway), but it just appears that the overflow space is being cut back (otherwise they wouldn’t have indicated the two IU games as “regional” coverage, but would have included them in the main part of the press release).

I’m not trying to be a jerk about this (although I’m doing a pretty good job of it🙂 ). It’s just too bad that IU gets a upward tick of momentum (we go from 1 win to 4 wins and have a real good recruiting class) and now seemingly we can’t even get on TV on our own conference network outside the state of Indiana.

    BTN Communications on 5/8/2013 @ 1:15pm EDT Said:

    Hi Sriv94 – The language in our FAQ is meant to emphasize that Extra Game Channels are reserved for football season and are not available during basketball season. All providers that typically offer the Extra Game Channels on football Saturdays are expected to do so on Thursday night as well for the season opener.

James Smith on 5/7/2013 @ 6:57pm EDT Said:

Good question Jeff. I am a “die hard” Hoosier. I live in Alaska. I get the Big 10 channel on cable.

Chris on 5/8/2013 @ 5:34pm EDT Said:

No Michigan game … because they are all on ESPN or other other networks?

Larry Joiner on 5/8/2013 @ 5:38pm EDT Said:

so you forgot the Hawkeyes?

buci01 on 5/8/2013 @ 5:45pm EDT Said:

To Whom it Concerns, Would someone give Buckeye Fans a “Logical Explanation”, as to why there are not included in Prime Time Schedules ??? Remember there isnt any type of restrictions on Ohio State this year.!!!!!!

Dave on 5/8/2013 @ 8:25pm EDT Said:

Three Indiana games and not a single Iowa game, what gives?

Thomas Gary on 5/8/2013 @ 10:30pm EDT Said:

Why cover some teams more than once and others not at all?? staff on 5/9/2013 @ 10:17am EDT Said:

    Thomas, do you mean “cover teams” or air their games? We cover all the teams on our various in-season shows and in our online writings and video. We air the live games we get under the TV deal as one of the Big Ten’s TV partners. Hope that clarifies.

Judy Miller on 5/8/2013 @ 10:34pm EDT Said:

Why no Purdue games? They are in the sports writers view that they will be in a bowl game. Seems as if you are not listening. staff on 5/9/2013 @ 10:15am EDT Said:

    Judy, we will be covering Purdue games. This is a primetime football schedule only.

Kelsey Luers on 5/8/2013 @ 11:52pm EDT Said:

Glad to see some game times being set! Any chance you want to release the Husker v. Gopher game time on October 26? I’m a Husker, my fiancé is a Gopher, and we get married at noon in MPLS on Gameday- planning our whole day on a wish and a prayer for a 2:30 game so we and 275 of our closest friends and family can go to the game, wedding dress and all!

Lori on 5/9/2013 @ 2:07am EDT Said:

Thanks so much for remembering the Hawkeyes; a team everyone predicted would be in the hunt this year. But hey, let’s not offend, Nebraksa, Illionois and that perennial powerhouse Indiana.

Jim on 5/9/2013 @ 2:47am EDT Said:

and the rest of the schedule (Sept – Nov) is where?

Brian Schwartz (@bwschwa) on 5/9/2013 @ 10:19am EDT Said:

Thank goodness Iowa didn’t get stuck with any BTN night games

thomas hess on 5/13/2013 @ 10:11am EDT Said:

no osu games

UtaHusker on 5/13/2013 @ 2:15pm EDT Said:

I thought we traded Iowa away after last season.😉

BoilerBob on 5/15/2013 @ 11:50am EDT Said:

Not surprised to not see purdue on prime time BTN. No lights at Ross Ade mean few night games anyway and we play OSU, ND and Neb at home. If we are in prime time it will be on ESPN or NBC. Expect one if those games to be on one of those channels in prime time. BTN has only ever covered Purdues noon kickoffs as best I can remember.

frederick j. jackson on 5/17/2013 @ 6:04pm EDT Said:

i repeat thomas hess’s reply no ohio state university games neptunefred

Michael Chron on 6/24/2013 @ 4:19pm EDT Said:

I’m sooooooo sick of Wisconsin losing, losing, losing, etc., in Rose Bowl games. Hopefully the BIG TEN will have another team in the 2014 Rose Bowl, and come away with a victory!

Trig X2 on 8/2/2013 @ 12:34pm EDT Said:

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