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Big Ten Network Announces Kickoffs for First Three Weeks

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Purdue will kick off at noon on September 10th against Cincinnati.

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We can expect to be used to the noon kickoff spot on Big Ten Network this coming season quite a bit, but surprisingly that is NOT where Purdue's season opener with Eastern Kentucky will be carried. Earlier today BTN announced the kickoff times for the first three weeks of the 2016 football season and that included Purdue's week 2 game against Cincinnati:

Week 1


Time (ET)


Thursday, Sept. 1

9:00 PM

Oregon State at Minnesota*

Friday, Sept. 2

7:00 PM

Furman at Michigan State*

Saturday, Sept. 3


Bowling Green at Ohio State


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


Time (ET)


Saturday, Sept. 10


Cincinnati at Purdue


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


Time (ET)


Saturday, Sept. 17


Temple at Penn State


Georgia State at Wisconsin

3:30 PM

Colorado at Michigan

8:00 PM

Duke at Northwestern*

This means that Purdue's opener will be televised on the ABC/ESPN family of networks since league rules state that all Big Ten home games are televised. Here is the known TV schedule for the 14 games involving the conference during the opening weekend:

September 1

Indiana at Florida International -€” 7:30PM -€” ESPNU

Oregon State at Minnesota -€” 9PM -€” BTN

September 2

Furman at Michigan State -€” 7PM -€” BTN

September 3

Bowling Green at Ohio State -€” Noon -€” BTN

Howard at Maryland -€” Noon -€” BTN

Hawaii at Michigan -€” Noon -€” ESPN

Rutgers at Washington -€” 2PM -€” Pac-12 Network

LSU vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field -€” 3:30PM ABC

Kent State at Penn State -€” 3:30PM -€” BTN

Murray State at Illinois -€” 3:30PM -€” BTN

Fresno State at Nebraska -€” 8PM -€” BTN

Here are the three games left to pick from for ESPN:

Eastern Kentucky at Purdue

Western Michigan at Northwestern

Miami (OH) at Iowa

ESPN2 and ESPNU have not picked up games yet for the noon or 3:30 PM timeslots.


Noon it is for the opener on ESPNNews