We now know the full Big Ten night game schedule for 2016. The past two weeks included reveals of Big Ten Network's primetime schedule for the non-conference season as well as ESPN/ABC's primetime games for the conference season. Earlier today the final piece of the puzzle was put into place, as the Big Ten Network announced the Saturday primetime games they will broadcast for the B1G conference season in September, October, and November.
ALL OF THE NIGHT GAME NEWS
The one we care most about
The big news for Minnesota fans is that the Battle for the Broken Chair will be fought in primetime under the lights in Lincoln this fall. Let me add this to the list of reasons I'm saddened to already know that work will prevent me from attending. A whole day of bar-gating in Lincoln would have been a blast. I strongly recommend you all go.
A missed opportunity
It's notable that the Big Ten only has 2 night games in October, especially since this means there was room to move Iowa at Minnesota to primetime on BTN. I'm not personally torn up by this, but it would have been a nice time of the year for Minnesota to pick up another game under the lights.
The least surprising choice
Iowa at Penn State is a game most assumed would end up in primetime. And per the early rumors reported by the Iowa beat writers, the game was indeed picked up by the Big Ten Network.
The most important rivalry game
I'm glad to see the Big Ten is recognizing the value of broadcasting the Nebraska/Northwestern rivalry in primetime. Truly this is a matchup the whole word needs to see at night. (NOTE: Full sarcasm in effect as I mock Northwestern writers who have actually made this claim in the past).
The one Rutgers fans won't shut up about
OH GOOD PENN STATE PLAYS RUTGERS AT RUTGERS IN A NIGHT GAME. RUTGERS FANS CAN NOW MAKE THEIR WHOLE SEASON ABOUT THIS GAME.