Wisconsin to face Ohio State in only primetime game of 2013

Kirk Irwin

The Badgers will have just one primetime Big Ten game on their slate this season.

ESPN announced its primetime college football slate for the upcoming 2013 college football season on Monday, granting the Big Ten six games -- as long as you include Notre Dame's two games.

Wisconsin gets just one, though -- the Sept. 28 game at Ohio State will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 at 7 p.m. CT. Looking at the Badgers' 2013 schedule, that one was pretty much a no-brainer for primetime designation.

Naturally, we would've liked more than just one primetime showing, as night games at Camp Randall Stadium are truly a spectacle to behold. Also, Wisconsin's typically pretty good under the lights -- the Badgers are 31-6 in their last 37 night games. Over the last five seasons, 24 percent of Wisconsin's games have come at night, and the Badgers are 11-5 in those games.

Last year's night games, excluding the Big Ten Championship Game, were mostly rough for the Badgers -- the first was the Week 3 16-14 win over the Gary Andersen-led Utah State Aggies on Sept. 15, and the second was the 30-27 loss at Nebraska two weeks later. The last night game vs. Ohio State was -- welp -- the second of those two consecutive nightmarish last-minute losses in 2011.

The rest of the 2013 Big Ten TV schedule:

DATE TIME (CT) GAME NETWORK
Sept. 7 7 p.m. Notre Dame vs. Michigan ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sept. 14 7 p.m. Notre Dame vs. Purdue ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sept. 28 7 p.m. Wisconsin vs. Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Oct. 5 7 p.m. Ohio State vs. Northwestern ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Oct. 12 5 p.m. Michigan vs. Penn State ESPN or ESPN2
Oct. 26 7 p.m. Penn State vs. Ohio State ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

Update: Looks like there's a chance we could see more night games this season. Wisconsin-Northwestern one week after the Ohio State game would be pretty interesting. Remember, the Big Ten has previously been adverse to night games in November.

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