BTN has its most night football games, no Iowa

First time since the 2008 season that Iowa is shut out of prime time

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We had Kirk Ferentz on "On Iowa Live" last Monday night.

He told us he didn't believe Iowa had any night games in the 2013 season. He's a coach and they're busy and sometimes they miss details like night games. They're more interested in the "game" part of night game.

So, I tweeted:

And just a few minutes ago, the Big Ten Network released its night listings for the 2013 season. BTN is broadcasting 12 night games, the most in network history. Indiana is on three times at night.

No Iowa. Home or road. These is the penance, one of many, for a 4-8 season. This will be the first time since the 2008 season Iowa will have been shut out on prime-time games. Iowa's 55-0 blitz over Minnesota started at 6 p.m. that season.

Here's the release:

CHICAGO – BTN will televise 12 primetime games during the 2013 college football season, the most in network history. Five games feature a pre-season top-25 Big Ten team, while three of the 12 matchups feature games versus teams from the SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences. Eight Big Ten schools in all will be featured in prime.

“Primetime games are becoming more and more popular,” said BTN President Mark Silverman. “Featuring compelling matchups in primetime allows BTN to remain front and center in Big Ten and college football fans’ minds throughout the entire day,” he said.

Highlights of the schedule include a pair of Nebraska and Northwestern games and one with reigning Big Ten Champion Wisconsin, with all three teams listed in many pre-season top 25 polls. Other key games include BTN’s first ever night game at Penn State, as well as Syracuse at Northwestern, Missouri at Indiana and UNLV at Minnesota. In addition, Illinois takes on Pac-12 opponent Washington at Soldier Field.

Both Sept. 7 and Sept. 14 include three primetime games. When BTN airs more than one game at a time, fans can go to to determine the channel number for the game they want to see.

In total, BTN will televise 47 football games this fall. Start times and television arrangements for other early-season games will be announced at a later date.

BTN Primetime Schedule

All times Eastern

Thursday, August 29

7 PM – UNLV at Minnesota

Friday, August 30

8 PM – Western Michigan at Michigan State

Saturday, August 31

8 PM – Wyoming at Nebraska

Saturday, September 7

6 PM – Syracuse at Northwestern

6 PM – Southern Miss at Nebraska

Saturday, September 14

6 PM – UCF at Penn State

6 PM – Washington vs. Illinois (at Soldier Field)

9 PM – Western Michigan at Northwestern

Saturday, September 21

8 PM – Missouri at Indiana

Saturday, October 19

8 PM – Wisconsin at Illinois

Regional Coverage

Thursday, Aug. 29

7 PM – Indiana State at Indiana

Saturday, September 7

6 PM – Navy at Indiana

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