Ohio State Gets Three Prime-Time Games

The first pieces of the Ohio State schedule game times came out today with the Big Ten office announcing three contests the Buckeyes will play at night.

Ohio State has been a prime-time attraction for years, and not much will change in Urban Meyer's first year in charge.

The Big Ten Conference office announces its slate of prime-time league games Tuesday afternoon, with Ohio State being tabbed for three such games during the 2012 campaign.

Unquestionably, the highlight for OSU fans will be a home showdown with Nebraska on Oct. 6, which will start at 8 p.m. and be televised on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

The contest will allow the Buckeyes to get revenge for last year's loss in Lincoln in the first Big Ten showdown between the traditional powers. Nebraska overcame a 27-6 deficit to take a 34-27 victory in Memorial Stadium.

The 2012 game will be the first between the two schools in Ohio Stadium since the 1950s and the first the two will play in the venerable Horseshoe as conference foes.

It will be the 11th night game in stadium history and the fourth in five seasons. The Buckeyes played at night in Ohio Stadium against Wisconsin in 2011, downing the Badgers by a 33-29 score on a last-minute touchdown pass from Braxton Miller to Devin Smith in one of the most classic affairs in stadium history.

The win snapped a three-game prime-time losing streak in the stadium for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State will also hit the road for two prime-time affairs in October. The first will be an Oct. 13 trip to Bloomington to take on Indiana in a game that will be shown on Big Ten Network. The two teams played at night in Memorial Stadium in 2009, with OSU taking an easy victory.

Lastly, the Buckeyes will trip to Happy Valley to take on Penn State at 6 p.m. on Oct. 27. That odd game time facilitates a television slot on either ESPN or ESPN2. OSU played at night in State College in both 2005 and '07.

Television assignments for games to be held Sept. 1 (Miami University), Sept. 8 (Central Florida) and Sept. 15 (California) will be announced no later than July 1.

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