Big Ten Football Returns on BTN

Illinois vs. Wisconsin Kicks Off B1G Play on Friday Night; Four Games on BTN in Week 1


CHICAGO, Ill. – The 2020 Big Ten Football season begins on BTN, with No. 16 Wisconsin vs. Illinois at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 23. In addition to a rematch from last season’s Illini victory as time expired, BTN’s week one also includes three games on Saturday. At noon ET, Rutgers vs. Michigan State showcases the debut of Spartans head coach Mel Tucker and the return of Greg Schiano to Rutgers, at 3:30 p.m. ET Iowa and Purdue face off in a showdown in the Big Ten West and at 7:30 p.m. ET Maryland and Northwestern square off in primetime.


Play-by-play announcers Brandon Gaudin, Lisa Byington, Cory Provus, Joe Beninati and Mark Followill. will be on the call all season long for BTN. They accompany an experienced lineup of Big Ten game analysts including Matt Millen, James Laurinaitis, J Leman and Anthony Herron. Herron, a former standout for the Iowa Hawkeyes, returns to BTN following his previous stint at the network from 2009-2011. Rick Pizzo, Coley Harvey, Elise Menaker and Olivia Dekker will handle sideline reporting duties throughout the season. BTN’s announce teams will be regionalized and vary throughout the season, and will potentially include additional personalities, based on game selections and locations.

BTN Tailgate kicks off its fifth season ahead of Rutgers at Michigan State on Saturday, Oct. 24. The Saturday pregame home for Big Ten Football fans airs from 10 a.m. ET to noon ET weekly with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and newcomer Joshua Perry and will be based in the Chicago studio this season. Weekly studio coverage, including the B1G Show, B1G Game Break, B1G Football Postgame and The Final Drive, will also originate from Chicago and feature hosts Revsine, Mike Hall and Pizzo, along with DiNardo, Griffith, Perry, Herron, Urban Meyer, Dave Wannstedt, Joel Klatt and Glen Mason.


Week One on BTN

Date Game Time
Friday, Oct. 23 Illinois at No. 16 Wisconsin 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, Oct. 24 Rutgers at Michigan State Noon ET
Saturday, Oct. 24 Iowa at Purdue 3:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, Oct. 24 Maryland at Northwestern 7:30 p.m. ET


About BTN: A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 1,700 events across all platforms, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. The Fox Sports App is the digital extension of the Big Ten Network, delivering live games and on-demand programming to Big Ten Network customers via the web, smartphones, and tablets. Network events include football, men’s and women’s basketball games, dozens of Big Ten Olympic sports and championship events, studio shows and classic games. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities, including the Emmy-nominated The Journey. The network is in more than 60 million homes across the United States and Canada, including carriage by all the major video distributors, such as DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Spectrum, Comcast Xfinity, Altice USA, Cox Communications, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, and approximately 300 additional video providers across North America. BTN is also available through the majority of streaming providers, including AT&T TV NOW, YouTube TV, Hulu Live and fuboTV. For additional information, please visit