Big Ten locks down early afternoon kickoff times

It is basically a family tradition from the months of September to December. Every Saturday morning, my parents and I wake up at around nine in the morning, cook some breakfast, watch College Gameday just for Corso’s headgear antics, then clean the house while the first game that airs at noon on ESPN plays in the background.

Yes, we occasionally take a break for a big play.

We now know what teams we will be listening to for the first few weeks of the season and, unsurprisingly, it’s teams from the Midwest and the Big Ten conference.

According to College Football Talk, the Big Ten has locked up the early afternoon time slots for the first three weeks of the season.

The Northwestern Wildcats kick off the ESPN season with a tough matchup against the Stanford Cardinal as the first noon game of the year.

The full list of Big Ten games from September 5-19 currently looks like this:

September 5

12 p.m. Northwestern vs. Stanford (ESPN)

12 p.m. Iowa vs. Illinois State (Big Ten Network)

12 p.m. Maryland vs. Richmond (ESPNU)

12 p.m. Rutgers vs. Norfolk State (ESPNews)

3:30 p.m. Nebraska vs. BYU (ABC)

4 p.m. Indiana vs. Southern Illinois (ESPNews)

September 12

12 p.m. Illinois vs. Western Illinois (Big Ten Network)

12 p.m. Maryland vs. Bowling Green (Big Ten Network)

12 p.m. Michigan vs. Oregon State (ABC)

12 p.m. Penn State vs. Buffalo (ESPN2 or ESPNU)

12 p.m. Purdue vs. Indiana State (ESPNews)

12 p.m. Wisconsin vs. Miami Ohio (ESPN2 or ESPNU)

3:30 p.m. Nebraska vs. Hawaii (Big Ten Network)

3:30 p.m. Rutgers vs. Washington State (ESPN2 or ESPNU)

4 p.m. Northwestern vs. Eastern Illinois (ESPNews)

September 19

12 p.m. Maryland vs. South Florida (ESPNews)

12 p.m. Michigan vs. UNLV (Big Ten Network)

12 p.m. Michigan State vs. Air Force (ESPN or ESPN2)

12 p.m. Minnesota vs. Kent State (Big Ten Network)

3:30 p.m. Ohio State vs. Northern Illinois (ABC regional coverage or ESPN 2)

3:30 p.m. Purdue vs. Virginia Tech (ESPNU)

3:30 p.m. Wisconsin vs. Troy (Big Ten Network)

4 p.m. Indiana vs. Western Kentucky (ESPNews)

8 p.m. Penn State vs. Rutgers (Big Ten Network)

8 p.m. Iowa vs. Pittsburgh (Big Ten Network)

Not surprisingly, there are some pretty big stinkers in the first few weeks of the season. I mean, Rutgers vs Norfolk State? Illinois vs Western Illinois? Yeah, I think we will skip those.

However, Ohio State vs Northern Illinois and Michigan vs Oregon State could be two very interesting games. Keep an eye out for those in September.

Nonetheless, this football season is shaping up to be an exciting one. Can’t it be September yet?

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