Big Ten locks down early afternoon kickoff times

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As can be the case on a Friday in the middle of June, some days are pretty slow on the college football news front. Fortunately, the Big Ten served up some schedule notes today to keep us busy updating our calendars as we look for any and every reason to have something to look forward to in the fall.

Unfortunately, the games receiving kickoff times are not quite the big match-ups that have already been slotted into some primetime TV schedules. Instead, we got some early season non-conference games scheduled to kick in the early afternoons this fall. We’ll take what we can get, right?

Here are the most recent schedule announcements from the Big Ten office (all times eastern);

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)

As always, the good folks over at FBSchedules.com have the most updated schedules and kickoff times if you are looking for more schedule updates all in one place.