The night time must be the right time, as Ohio State has announced two 8:00 pm EST games for the 2011 season, in addition to the game at Miami on September 17th.
The Buckeyes will travel to Lincoln Nebraska for their third ever meeting with the Cornhuskers, and the first as members of the newly configured B1G Ten Conference. This game will be the first of the season for the five players suspended, and may also be the first with Jim Tressel on the sidelines. Across the field will be Nebraska head coach and former Buckeye captain Bo Pelini. tBBC will be bringing you exclusive coverage from Lincoln for this epic match up.
Three weeks later, Ohio State returns home to Columbus to face Wisconsin in an 8:00 pm start time. This will be the first night home game on the road for the Badgers against a conference opponent in recent memory- the good folks in Madison seem to prefer to only play under the lights at home or against west coast opposition. You can imagine that the Buckeyes will have greater motivation for this matchup, as last year’s upset by the Badgers may have cost them a chance to play for the National title.
All games mentioned above will be broadcast on ABC/ESPN. It will be interesting to see how Kirk Herbstreit is received on his return to Columbus on October 29th, assuming that he’s assigned to be in the booth for this prime time game. You’ve got to wonder if the upcoming Halloween holiday might have an impact on fans’ response… but since they are the “Best Damn Fans In The Land“, it’s probably unlikely.