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Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference office released the game times and television plans for six home football games today, including four contests that will appear in primetime and a Homecoming battle on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.  


The Big Ten’s home football primetime schedule will begin on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC, when Michigan State aims for a second-straight win over Notre Dame. The Spartans knocked off the nationally-ranked Fighting Irish on the road in overtime last season. The Big Ten primetime schedule continues with a pair of night games slated for Saturday, Sept. 30. Defending Big Ten co-champion and Fiesta Bowl winner Ohio State will travel to Iowa for a 7 p.m. CDT kickoff on ABC or ESPN. That same night, the Little Brown Jug will be on the line when Michigan faces a road test at Minnesota at 7 p.m. CDT on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Last season, the Gophers snapped the Wolverines’ 16-game winning streak in the series to claim the conference’s oldest trophy for the first time since 1986.  


The league also announced two more television appearances for Michigan. The Wolverines will face a home matchup with in-state rival Michigan State on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 4:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN. Michigan will follow that contest with a primetime appearance on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Penn State, the defending Big Ten co-champion and Orange Bowl winner. The two rivals will square off at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC after the Wolverines handed the Nittany Lions their only league loss of 2005 on a last-second touchdown pass in Ann Arbor. 


In addition, the conference office also revealed that Ohio State’s Homecoming game against Minnesota on Saturday, Oct. 28, will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. The Big Ten’s remaining Homecoming games will be played at Noon EDT with television plans to be determined. 


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The Big Ten will hold the 2006 Football Media Days and 35th annual Kickoff Luncheon on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 1-2, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, featuring all 11 head coaches and some of the conference’s top returning players. The 111th season of Big Ten football kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 31, with Minnesota battling Kent State and Northwestern playing Miami (Ohio). The remaining league teams take the field on Saturday, Sept. 2, for non-conference action. 


Big Ten Televised Home Games in 2006 

Sept. 23 -- Notre Dame at MICHIGAN STATE, 8 p.m. EDT, ABC 

Sept. 30 -- OHIO STATE at IOWA, 7 p.m. CDT, ABC or ESPN 

Sept. 30 -- MICHIGAN at MINNESOTA, 7 p.m. CDT, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 

Oct. 7 -- MICHIGAN STATE at MICHIGAN, 4:30 pm. EDT, ESPN  

Oct. 14 -- MICHIGAN at PENN STATE, 8 p.m. EDT, ABC 

Oct. 28 -- MINNESOTA at OHIO STATE, 3:30 p.m. EDT, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2