ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 unveiled Monday their list of six 2013 primetime college football games featuring Big Ten teams.
Nebraska isn’t on the list. That’s after playing three ABC/ESPN primetime games — wins over Wisconsin and Michigan, and a loss to Ohio State — in 2012.
The game that seemed most likely to attract a primetime slot — the Sept. 14 contest with UCLA — got passed over by ABC/ESPN for Notre Dame’s trip to Purdue. ABC/ESPN controls nearly all road game inventory for the Fighting Irish (CBS controls Navy) and rarely turns down a chance to thrust ND into primetime.
Beyond the rematch with the Bruins, Nebraska didn’t offer much attractive inventory for ABC/ESPN. Non-conference home games vs. Wyoming, Southern Miss and South Dakota State don’t sizzle, and October Big Ten games vs. Illinois and at Minnesota and Purdue don’t either. NU plays five games in November, and though Jim Delany said the league wouldn’t “stand in the way” of teams playing night games in November, there aren’t any scheduled here.
The Huskers could — and likely will — appear on Big Ten Network’s primetime slate, which has not yet been announced.
The Big Ten games chosen by ABC/ESPN. Notre Dame appears as many times as any single Big Ten team.
Sept. 7: Notre Dame at Michigan, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14: Notre Dame at Purdue, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28: Wisconsin at Ohio State, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5: Ohio State at Northwestern, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12: Michigan at Penn State, 4 p.m.
Oct. 26: Penn State at Ohio State, 7 p.m.