The rise of conference networks has been one of the most important things to happen in college football in recent years. With the rise of BTN, Pac 12 Networks, and now the SEC Networks the power conferences have been able to further increase the gap between the haves and the have nots. And to increase the value and demand for those networks, more and more top games are being moved to the in-house television channel.
2014 will be a landmark year for the Big Ten Conference and BTN with the addition of east coast schools Maryland and Rutgers. Those two schools may not have a ton of football tradition, but they do have east coast footprints and a base of cable subscribers that are very valuable to Big Ten Network. To that end, the BTN primetime schedule features visits from three perennial powers to those schools. Five of the six matchups are conference games (a key selling point for the network) while Cincinnati’s trip to Ohio State will also feature on the network.
Here’s the full BTN primetime football schedule…
Saturday, Sept. 13
8 PM – Penn State at Rutgers
Saturday, September 27
6 PM – Cincinnati at Ohio State
9 PM – Illinois at Nebraska
Saturday, October 4
7 PM – Michigan at Rutgers
Saturday, October 18
7:30 PM – Nebraska at Northwestern
Saturday November 15
8 PM – Michigan State at Maryland