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First three weeks of 2014 TV for Big Ten announced

Don’t worry if your Labor Day Weekend plans get in the way of your college football viewing, or for that matter if you have a wedding or two to attend following it. You won’t be missing much, and that should’ve been expected given the way the schedules have already been released and the cupcakes that dot the conference landscape.

On Wednesday the conference announced the times and television assignments for the first three weeks of the season (at least for the games that weren’t already known).

It’s sad when the highlight of the announcement is knowing that Cal will take on Northwestern at 3:30pm ET in week one and week two is highlighted by the announcement of Ball State vs. Iowa in the 3:30pm ET time slot for ESPN2.

At least in week three we got an official time for a game that truly will matter—Iowa State at Iowa, which will take place in he 3:30pm ET window on one of ABC/ESPN/ESPN2.

Thankfully, there have been some rather marquee games already announced. LSU vs. Wisconsin in week one stands out, as does Michigan State vs. Oregon, Michigan at Notre Dame and Virginia Tech at Ohio State in week two. Week three will see three teams take the week off and the action highlighted by Rutgers debut in the Big Ten, taking on Penn State at home in primetime on BTN.

Big Ten football will stretch deep in to the night in week three as well, with Nebraska traveling to take on Fresno State in a game to air on CBS Sports Network.

Needless to say, the times and networks for the first three weeks were rather expected. At least the conference is giving us something worth watching every week so far this season, and most of it in primetime.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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