Big Ten Conference early 2003 football TV schedule

PARK RIDGE, ILL - Defending national champion Ohio State takes on Pacific-10 Conference power Washington on Saturday night, Aug. 30, in an ABC Sports nationally-televised prime time game, one of no fewer than 34 inter- and intraconference football games that will be televised in 2003, according to early selections announced Monday by the Conference office.

ABC Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Regional Television, and NBC Sports will televise the games.

Nonconference opponents from the Pac-10 (Washington, Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon), Atlantic Coast Conference (North Carolina State and Wake Forest), Big 12 (Missouri and Nebraska), and Big East (Boston College, Rutgers and West Virginia), are confirmed on the early season television schedule. Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue will once again play Notre Dame, with all three games televised nationally.

Eleven intraconference games, including 10 homecoming games, were also tabbed during the early television selection process, including the Nov. 22 Ohio State at Michigan game (ABC Sports), which will be the 100th meeting between the two long-standing rivals.

Selections of games in the first three weeks of the season and homecoming games, and games rescheduled for prime time exposure, are generally confirmed in early summer each year.

An all-time record 74 regular-season and postseason football games were televised during the 2002 season. Additional television games for the 2003 season may be added in the coming weeks.

Check the Big Ten website ( ) for additional football television information, including station clearances for ESPN Plus (local and regional) games.

The balance of the Big Ten football television schedule will be determined on a 12-day or a six-day advance selection process. 2003 BIG TEN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TELEVISION SCHEDULE (Games Announced as of June 16, 2003; Others TBA) August 30 Missouri vs. ILLINOIS, 11 a.m. CDT, ABC Sports (St. Louis)Miami, O @ IOWA, 11 a.m. CDT, ESPN2 WISCONSIN @ West Virginia, 11 a.m. CDT, ESPN Central Michigan @ MICHIGAN, 12:10 p.m. EDT, ESPN Plus (local) Western Michigan @ MICHIGAN STATE, 3:40 p.m. EDT, ESPN Plus (local) Temple @ PENN STATE, 3:40 p.m. EDT, ESPN Plus (local) Washington @ OHIO STATE, 8 p.m. EDT, ABC Sports

September 6 Illinois State @ ILLINOIS, 11:10 a.m. CDT, ESPN Plus (local)Buffalo @ IOWA, 11:10 a.m. CDT, ESPN Plus (local)Houston @ MICHIGAN, Noon EDT, ESPN Boston College @ PENN STATE, Noon EDT, ABC Sports Rutgers @ MICHIGAN STATE, 3:40 p.m. EDT, ESPN Plus (local)

September 13 Louisiana Tech @ MICHIGAN STATE, 12:10 p.m. EDT, ESPN Plus (local)PURDUE @ Wake Forest, 11 a.m. EST/CDT, ESPN UNLV @ Wisconsin, 11 a.m. CDT, ESPN2 North Carolina State @ OHIO STATE, Noon EDT, ABC Sports Notre Dame @ MICHIGAN, 3:30 p.m., ABC Sports ILLINOIS @ UCLA, 7 p.m. CDT, ABC Sports PENN STATE @ Nebraska, 8 p.m. EDT, ABC Sports

September 20 Bowling Green @ OHIO STATE, 12:10 p.m. EDT, ESPN Plus (local)MICHIGAN STATE @ Notre Dame, Time TBD, NBC Sports MICHIGAN @ Oregon, ABC Sports, 3:30 p.m. EDT Arizona State @ IOWA, ESPN or ESPN2, 5:30 or 6:45 p.m. CDT (12-day advance pick)

September 27 WISCONSIN @ ILLINOIS, 5 p.m. CDT, ESPN2

October 4 ILLINOIS @ PURDUE, 11 a.m. EST/CDT, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN Plus (regional) INDIANA @ MICHIGAN STATE, Noon EDT, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN Plus (regional) WISCONSIN @ PENN STATE, Noon EDT, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN Plus (regional) MICHIGAN @ IOWA, 2: 30 p.m. CDT, ABC Sports

October 18 ILLINOIS @ MICHIGAN, Noon EDT, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN Plus (regional) IOWA @ OHIO STATE, 3: 30 p.m. EDT, ABC Sports PURDUE @ WISCONSIN, 11 a.m. CDT, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN Plus (regional)

October 25 MINNESOTA @ ILLINOIS, 11 a.m. CDT, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN Plus (regional) WISCONSIN @ NORTHWESTERN, 11 a.m. CDT, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN Plus (regional)

November 22 OHIO STATE @ MICHIGAN, Noon EST, ABC Sports


BIG TEN FOOTBALL KICKOFF LUNCHEON TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! Tickets for the 32nd annual Big Ten football Kickoff Luncheon, July 24 atthe Hyatt Regency Chicago, are now available, and can be purchased by either calling the Big Ten Conference office (847-696-1010), or, by going on line at Featured guest speakers are Big Ten head footballcoaches. Dave Barnett of ESPN is the emcee.

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