staff, June 13, 2016

BTN today announced its first 17 games of the 2016 football season, featuring seven teams that finished last season ranked in the final AP Top 25 poll to go along with five Power 5 conference matchups. The lineup includes Temple at Penn State, Colorado at Michigan, Iowa State at Iowa and Duke at Northwestern.

Week one starts on Thursday, Sept. 1, with seven games across three days beginning with Oregon State at Minnesota at 9 p.m. ET. BTN will also televise the home openers of Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska to round out the weekend.

Week two is home to a loaded Saturday, featuring six games on BTN. Lovie Smith makes his primetime debut with the Fighting Illini in a rematch against North Carolina, while Iowa will host Iowa State in a battle for the Cy-Hawk trophy.

Week three features a group of familiar opponents, as Penn State hosts Temple in Happy Valley and Colorado returns to Ann Arbor to take on the Wolverines. Last season, Temple defeated Penn State for the first time since 1941. Prior to the 2015 game the Nittany Lions had dominated the Owls, running up a record of 38-0-1 since the previous loss. Later that day the Buffaloes return to the Big House for the first time since 1997, a 27-3 win for the Wolverines, a less dramatic affair than when the two teams met in Ann Arbor for 1994?s ?Miracle at Michigan.?

All games can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN2Go, BTN?s digital extension.

BTN?s 2016 Football Schedule to date (subject to change):

Week 1

Date Time (ET) Matchup
Thursday, Sept. 1 9:00 PM Oregon State at Minnesota*
Friday, Sept. 2 7:00 PM Furman at Michigan State*
Saturday, Sept. 3 Noon Bowling Green at Ohio State
Noon Howard at Maryland
3:30 PM Kent State at Penn State
3:30 PM Murray State at Illinois
8:00 PM Fresno State at Nebraska*

Week 2

Date Time (ET) Matchup
Saturday, Sept. 10 Noon Cincinnati at Purdue
Noon Howard at Rutgers
3:30 PM Akron at Wisconsin
3:30 PM Ill. State at Northwestern
7:30 PM North Carolina at Illinois*
7:30 PM Iowa State at Iowa*

Week 3

Date Time (ET) Matchup
Saturday, Sept. 17 Noon Temple at Penn State
Noon Georgia State at Wisconsin
3:30 PM Colorado at Michigan
8:00 PM Duke at Northwestern*

*Previous announced game