Spartans vs. Ducks, Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions added to Big Ten primetime schedule

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The latest batch of Big Ten primetime games has been announced, and three of them will feature the defending national champions from Ohio State. The Buckeyes have been given three primetime kickoffs for the 2015 schedule by ESPN, including a pair of home games in Ohio Stadium.

Ohio State’s home games against Penn State (Saturday, October 17) and Minnesota (Saturday, November 7) will air on national television under the lights. Ohio State-Penn State has been locked into an 8 p.m. eastern time slot and will air on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN 2. The November 7 game against Minnesota, a year after the Gophers gave Ohio State a run in the snow, will be played at either 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

Another high profile game involving a Big Ten team will be given primetime treatment earlier in the season. Michigan State’s regular season rematch with defending Pac-12 champion Oregon will be played at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 12 in East Lansing. Michigan State let a road win slip away in Eugene last September in week two, and the Ducks may be in the perfect spot to take a loss early on with a new starting quarterback leading the Oregon offense.

All Big Ten primetime games announced by ESPN Thursday afternoon include:

September 3 (Thursday): Minnesota vs. TCU, 9 p.m., ESPN

September 12: Michigan State vs. Oregon, 8 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

October 17: Ohio State vs. Penn State, 8 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

October 24: Rutgers vs. Ohio State, 8 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

October 31: Minnesota vs. Michigan, 7 or 8 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

November 7: Ohio State vs. Minnesota, 7 or 8 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

November 7: Nebraska vs. Michigan State, 7 or 8 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2