2012 Big Ten Football TV Schedule: Prime Time Slate Released

November 5, 2011; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Edwin Baker (4) runs ball against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Spartan Stadium.Michigan State won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Time to start planning out your weekends in more exacting detail, Big Ten football fans.

The Big Ten has announced its schedule of national prime time games for the 2012 season, including games on ABC, the Big Ten Network and one or another ESPNs. The Michigan St. Spartans start us off, taking on the Boise St. Broncos in one of the opening weekend's bigger out-of-conference games. National Big Ten action begins with the Wisconsin Badgers and Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sept. 29.

The complete schedule:

Aug. 31

Boise State at Michigan State, 8 p.m., ESPN

Sept. 1

Indiana State at Indiana, 8 p.m., Big Ten Network

Sept. 8

Vanderbilt at Northwestern, 8 p.m., BTN

Sept. 15


Notre Dame at Michigan State, 8 p.m., ABC
Utah State at Wisconsin, 8 p.m., BTN
Ball State at Indiana, 8 p.m., BTN

Sept. 22

Syracuse at Minnesota, 8 p.m., BTN
Louisiana Tech at Illinois, 8 p.m., BTN

Sept. 29

Wisconsin at Nebraska, 8 p.m., ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2

Oct. 6

Nebraska at Ohio State, 8 p.m., ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2

Oct. 13

Ohio State at Indiana, 8 p.m., BTN

Oct. 20
Penn State at Iowa, 8 p.m., BTN

Oct. 27

Ohio State at Penn State, 6 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2
Michigan at Nebraska, 8 p.m., ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2

For more on the Big Ten, visit B1G blog Off Tackle Empire.

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