Ohio State to Play Three Under the Lights in October

By Jason Priestas on April 24, 2012 at 12:58p

The Big Ten still doesn't allow night football games in November, but Ohio State will get their fill in the month of October with three primetime kickoffs on the 2012 calendar.

On October 6, the Buckeyes will host Nebraska at 8pm in a game that will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The game will also serve as OSU's Homecoming and will be Nebraska's first visit to Ohio Stadium since 1956. Oh yeah, that's also Eat Too, Brutus weekend, which is Eleven Warriors' annual charity tailgate. The event raises money for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer research and nearly as importantly, sports a 2-0 lifetime record in subsequent Buckeye games (Miami 2010 and Wisconsin 2011).

The following week, Ohio State's road game at Indiana in Memorial Stadium will be an 8pm contest on the Big Ten Network. Our favorite type of primetime game: One that you know you're going to win.

Finally, Ohio State will face Penn State at 6pm in State College on October 27. ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 will broadcast that game. This will be another revenge game for the Buckeyes as they were upended by the Nittany Lions at home in 2011.

Ohio State is 34-18 all-time in night games (those starting after 5 p.m. local time) with a 7-3 record in Ohio Stadium, an 18-8 mark on the road and a 9-7 record at neutral sites.



swingo256's picture

isn't urban supposed to be trying to get permanent lighting in the shoe? anybody know anything about that

LadyBuck's picture

I know they were talking about it last year, but I know there's a reason why we don't have them yet. I thought it had something to do with the historical landmark status of the shoe. 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

That is awesome!!! As much as I like drinking beer at 9am on gameday - I will enjoy waiting until 5pm on those games and perhaps get a few household honey do tasks complete before slipping into a game induced drinking coma state!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Doc's picture

How many night games does AACC, or Wisky play?  Night games have a tendency of being butt biters for the team.  As a fan I love night games in the Shoe.

"Say my name."

pcon258's picture

i've only been to one night game (wisconsin), but i really enjoyed it. Obviously it helped that it was an awesome game, but I really like the night game atmosphere, and the fact that you can start drinking at 9am anyway...

Alhan's picture

I personally like the afternoon/evening games better.  Guess I'm just getting old and sleepy.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

btalbert25's picture

I agree, I don't like staying up past midnight watching football, but that's just me.  I'd rather have a noon or 1 oclock game

German Buckeye's picture

Well how about getting up at 0200-0300 to watch it - living in Germany makes prime time football unbearable.

kr66osu's picture

Oh boy the Nebraska game is going to be even more fun now that it's a night game

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

I wish OSU would install real stadium lighting instead of binging in those portable units for the night games; makes us look cheap.

The Ohio State University Class of 2001

BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

Doc's picture

Will Eat Too Brutus III start later, or will we just have more time to get our drink on?

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Jason Priestas's picture

Imagine it will start at 1pm like we did for the Wisconsin game last season. Pace yourself. :/

Doc's picture

Pace myself?  WTF?  I'll have been at B Dub's since 9:00 eating wingies and drinking beer and you want me to pace myself.  Jason, you are one funny hombre.  Good one! :D

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

What is this pace yourself that you speak of?

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

ArTbkward's picture

Damn the people I know who decided to get married October 13 and the wedding reception I'll be at during kickoff that night.  At least it's not a home game I suppose..

Why does anyone in Ohio get married on a fall Saturday?  /grumble

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...

(Also, I'm not a dude)

NC_Buckeye's picture

Art, those people are not your friends.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Real friends don't let friends get married on Fall Saturdays.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

If these people are truly your friends and worthy of your attendence - they will have a TV set up somewhere that you can watch it away from the boring same reception traditions that you've been through a hundred times before.

Unless you're actually in the wedding, attach the following to the wedding gift:

I am so sorry but my son/daughter/mom/dad/brother/sister/cousin/grandma/grandpa/girlfriend /lover/hooker/stripper/boyfriend/tranny/inlaw/adoptive parent fell down the stairs and is presently laying near death on the floor.  I have to fly out to <insert place nobody has heard of> and take them to the hospital.  The fall wiped out all of numbers in their cell phone but mine so I have to leave immediately.

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Jason Priestas's picture

At least it's just IU. If you have to attend a wedding on a fall football Saturday, that's the one.

kb1's picture

Why would the Penn State game kick off at 6? Seems like a weird time.

Doc's picture

Any later and the kids get too sleepy for post game traditions.   Too soon?

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Jason Priestas's picture

It's part of a B1G double-header. Michigan and Nebraska will square off at 8pm that day.

Doc's picture

I know Urbans teams play fast, but 2 hours fast?

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johnblairgobucks's picture

Suprised Cal wasn't given the night game treatment.  Anyone know when that game kicks off?  A 1/noon kickoff would feel awfully early to those PAC-12er's.

swingo256's picture

i think only the big ten schedule has come out - no anouncement of OOC games