Badgers, Buckeyes to square off in primetime again

Wisconsin vs. Ohio State has produced some of the most thrilling and unexpected football both sides have seen over the past three seasons and it appears the networks are hoping that will be the case once again as ESPN/ABC announced their primetime slate of games and the Badgers vs. Buckeyes at the horseshoe in Columbus on Sept. 28th was on that list - something that seems to have become a near annual tradition. 

It will be the fourth time in six years that this game has made primetime television billing and while early in the season, it could set the tone for the entire Big Ten race. The game will kick off at 7pm CT and will be seen on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 - details of which will be determined much closer to kick time. 

This will also the be final meeting between the two schools as members of the same division within the Big Ten with Ohio State in the East and Wisconsin in the West divisions thank to the recently confirmed realignment announcement.

Wisconsin shouldn't be strangers to night games as 24% of their games played over the past five years have been primetime affairs. 

All of this leads to one question? Will ESPN's famed College GameDay program be making an appearance in Columbus for this one? The last time time it happened in this matchup we all remember the results and it will be hard pressed to find a more meaningful game in the final weekend of September than this one. 

While it's just one primetime game on the ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 slate, look for next week to be the timeframe when the Big Ten Network announces it's slate of primetime games and it wouldn't be surprising to see UW on that list either, given it's status as three-time defending Big Ten champions and it's preseason hype as a B1G title contender once again. 

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, as well as Publisher of Big Ten site