Ohio State-Cincinnati Slated for 6 p.m. Kick

By Kyle Rowland on April 22, 2014 at 9:54a

For the first time in school history, Ohio State will play four night games in the regular season. And three of them will be played at Ohio Stadium.

The Big Ten Network announced its slate of primetime games Tuesday, with Ohio State’s Sept. 27 game versus Cincinnati getting a 6 p.m. time slot.

It joins home games against Virginia Tech (Sept. 6) and Illinois (Nov. 1) and a road game at Penn State (Oct. 25). All three games will be 8 p.m. starts and televised on the ESPN family of networks.

Still missing from the list is Ohio State’s Nov. 8 trip to East Lansing, a rematch of last year’s Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State. There remains a possibility it could still receive a post-5 p.m. kickoff with an announcement in the spring or summer. Alabama-LSU is the same day with an 8 p.m. start on CBS.

The Buckeyes played three regular-season night games for the sixth time last season (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2007) and two home night games for the first time.

Ohio State has played a total of 64 night games (kickoff after 5 p.m. local time) and has a record of 42-22. 


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otrain2416's picture

I like that OSU has three night games at home and the BIG 10 is testing out night games in mid November.

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

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German Buckeye's picture

Certainly Bama/LSU is a draw, but for a lot of the country (me included), I'd rather see a Buckeye/Sparty prime time event.

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acBuckeye's picture

I'd be willing to bet that if both games are at the same time, OSU/Sparty will draw higher ratings. Especially if both are unbeaten at that point.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Could you imagine the atmosphere for a game like that? Gives me chills just thinking about it.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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DeepSouthBuckeye's picture

With Bama / LSU being on CBS, it is very likely ABC will pick up the OSU / Sparty game with their primetime slot to compete.

Loving all things Buckeye from SEC country in Alabama.

"How firm thy friendship....O-HI-O"

TMac's picture

If you are interested, the rest of the BTN primetime slate.

The Big Ten schools with no prime-time games are Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin

ONE Not Done!

cronimi's picture

I can understand Indiana, Purdue and Minnie, and to a certain extent Iowa. But Wiscy getting shut out of playing under the lights is surprising. I guess now that Bert's gone, there is no interest in Badger football....

AngryWoody's picture

Rutgers is the only Big Ten team that will play host to two BTN night tilts, kicking things off with a visit from East rival Penn State on Sept. 13 in the Scarlet Knights’ first Big Ten game. Rutgers also will welcome Michigan on Oct. 4.

Looks like they're pushing hard for that New York/New Jersey audience.

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Furious George 27's picture

How is Illinois  getting all this primetime love?

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

AngryWoody's picture

BTN figured this would probably be Beckman's last season in Champaign and they wanted him to experience the thrill of playing under the lights before he's coaching linebackers at Southern-Northern Texas/Florida Technical and Culinary Institute of Idaho.

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d1145fresh's picture

Don't sleep on the CII. The fighting Potatoes are a tough matchup for anyone.

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HotSauceCommittee's picture

Sweet. My first year of being a season ticket holder. Nice!,

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Will it be up to MSU to move that game to prime time?  I know Gene alluded to that about a month ago, just didn't know for sure if that was the case.  If the matchup shapes up the way everyone hopes it will, it would easily be a top 10, possibly top 5 matchup.  Does SECpn give any thought to putting a B1G game that may draw more ratings head to head with the marquee matchup of the year in it's beloved SEC, even though the SEC game is on a rival network?  With their vested interest into that conference through the SEC network, I would have to imagine that plays at least a small part.

Looking at other options, I would guess ND @ ASU will be one of the options, as any road game for the Irish is typically in primetime.  Other possibilities would be Texas/WVU or Oklahoma/Baylor.  Nothing else sticks out right now.

Pain don't hurt-Dalton

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acBuckeye's picture

And we shall make that record 46-22.

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Ugly Hour Chazz Bear's picture

I hope Urban runs it up on UC.

I like the bux.

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RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

I hope Urban runs it up on everybody!

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BoFuquel's picture

If you can't get prime time 6:00 PM is better than a nooner. Throw dem cats a bone. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Tommy Tuberville after dark, look out kids...

Doc's picture

I like the night games, but this gives the UC fans a false sense of importance.  Hopefully Urban drops a hundred on them.

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RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

Hopefully Urban drops a hundred on everybody!        (Okay, I'll stop now.)


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tennbuckeye19's picture

False importance or not, UC is Urban's alma mater and I believe his sister works there. I'm sure he wants to convincingly beat them but I'm not sure he'd want to completely embarrass them, but I could be wrong.

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HotSauceCommittee's picture

I was thinking the same thing. These in-state games can bite us. See Dayton upsetting the basketBucks. We have to show out and put Cincy in their place. 

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"Remember that 55 yarder against Marshall?" -Not Mike Nugent

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hspbuy1's picture

Love the prime time games! Go Bucks!


seafus26's picture

We'd smoke that LSU/ Bama game in ratings. The weather is great that time of year down there, so they won't be huddled around TV. I want that rematch with Sparty so bad. We play that Big Ten Championship 10 times over and we win 8 or 9 times.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

nikolajz1's picture

The 3rd quarter was one of the best offensive displays I've seen against a defense as good as Michigan State's. I wish we could have had that for the entire game. 

southbuc's picture

Now if we can only get rid of the nooners our quest of wrestling control away from the old plutocrat curmudgeons will be complete. 

Kurt's picture

I'm curious how many more night games schools in the SEC have scheduled for next season.  It's sad that we're so excited for a handful of night games while, for example, LSU will almost certainly only play 2 or 3 daytime games.  This is a huge recruiting disadvantage to the conference. 

Zimmy07's picture

I actually don't remember wanting to stay in to watch college football on Saturday nights when I was in HS.

Kurt's picture

Were you a division 1 recruit?

It's partly about the ambience you get on tv certainly, but its primarily about the atmosphere in the stadium that impresses recruits on visits.  I hope that there are more night games for all members of the conference.

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nikolajz1's picture

Plus it might mean Lebron visits again which will greatly benefit recruiting. 

Crumb's picture

I love the night games, the Shoe is just that much crazier during them.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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WhySoSerious's picture

I like this...


Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

Deadly Nuts's picture

good.... now we can burn these fuckers under the lights.


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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Welp...on September 27th, instead of dinner and a movie, it's dinner and a Buckeye football game.  I like dinner and a Buckeye football game better. 

Class of 2010.

ITWASME's picture

So much hate for UC.

Seattle Linga's picture

Paying them back for all the smack talk will be sweet revenge.

thatlillefty's picture

I don't get the UC hate, I really don't. They are not a conference rival and we almost never compete for the same recruits. You all bitch about UC fans being annoying or whatever. But what's the harm in another strong, in-state program with a proud fan base? If anything it showcases the enormous pool of HS talent in Ohio that we can have multiple successful college programs (ie: Florida, Texas, Alabama).

Personally, I hope the Bearcats win every game this season beside Sept 27.

And yes, I'm from Cincinnati!

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SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

I'm buying tickets to the UC game this week. I'm stoked they made it a late kickoff. I'll have visions of us hanging a hondo on them while I make the 17 hour drive from South Dakota.