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Buckeyes Tapped For 3 Night Games

Ohio State, coming off a 12-0 season and projected as a national championship contender in 2013, has been selected for three prime time games by the Big Ten’s television partners.

The Buckeyes take the field before the 2011 game against Wisconsin

The Buckeyes will host two home night games at Ohio Stadium for the first time ever.

The three games announced today for 8 p.m. starts on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 include:

* The Sept. 28 Big Ten opener at home against Wisconsin;

* The Oct. 5 game at Northwestern; and

* The Oct. 26 home game with Penn State.

It is entirely possible that FOX, ABC or ESPN could also select the Sept. 14 game at California as a prime time game in the Eastern time zone (and late afternoon on the West Coast).

ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach also updated his early top 25 for 2013, moving Ohio State into the top spot. Click here for that list.

This year marks the sixth consecutive season that Ohio Stadium will be host to a night game. Ohio State has played 12 night games previously in Ohio Stadium beginning with the first-ever home night game in 1985 against Pitt.

Ohio State has played a total of 59 night games (those starting after 5 p.m. local time) and has an official night game record of 36-20. The Buckeyes are 8-3 in home night games, 19-10 in away night games and 9-7 at neutral sites. (All records reflect vacated night game wins in 2010: Marshall, at Minnesota and vs. Arkansas).

Ohio Stadium Night Games
1. Sept. 14, 1985 Ohio State 10, Pittsburgh 7
2. Sept. 11, 1993 Ohio State 21, Washington 12
3. Aug. 28, 1997 Ohio State 24, Wyoming 10
4. Sept. 11, 1999 Ohio State 42, UCLA 20
5. Oct. 6, 2001 Ohio State 38, Northwestern 20
6. Aug. 30, 2003 Ohio State 28, Washington 9
7. Sept. 10, 2005 Texas 25, Ohio State 22
8. Oct. 25, 2008 Penn State 13, Ohio State 10
9. Sept. 12, 2009 USC 18, Ohio State 15
10. Sept. 2, 2010 *Ohio State 45, Marshall 7
11. Oct. 29, 2011 Ohio State 33, Wisconsin 29
12. Oct. 6, 2012 Ohio State 63, Nebraska 38
*Victory vacated

Other Big Ten Night Games

ABC/ESPN announced three other night games today:

* Sept. 7, Notre Dame at Michigan, 8 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

* Sept. 14, Notre Dame at Purdue, 8 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

* Oct. 12, Michigan at Penn State, 5 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2

The Big Ten Network could also select more night games as well.

Possible OSU Start Times

Here are possible start times for the rest of OSU’s schedule:

Aug. 31, Buffalo – Likely noon on Big Ten Network

Sept. 7, San Diego State – Could be either noon on ESPN or 3:30 p.m. on ABC or ESPN

Sept. 14, at California – Likely 3:30 p.m. on ABC or 7 p.m. on ESPN or 7:30 p.m. on FOX

Sept. 21, Florida A&M – Likely noon on BTN

Sept. 28, Wisconsin – Set at 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

Oct. 5, at Northwestern – Set at 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

Oct. 12 – Open date

Oct. 19, Iowa – Likely 3:30 p.m. on ABC

Oct. 26, Penn State – Set at 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

Nov. 2, at Purdue – Probably noon on ESPN or ESPN2

Nov. 9 – Open date

Nov. 16, at Illinois – Probably noon on BTN, ESPN or ESPN2

Nov. 23, Indiana – Probably noon on BTN, ESPN or ESPN2

Nov. 30, Michigan – Very likely noon on ABC

The September games should be locked in by June. The prime time games announced for ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 should be set within two weeks of those games. The rest should be set 12 days before the scheduled game.

Future Nonconference Games

With the Big Ten moving to nine conference games in 2016, we looked at the ramifications on future nonconference games in this thread. It appears the 2017 game at North Carolina could be impacted by this new scheduling format.

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