Michigan State will play three primetime games on BTN

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Freshman linebacker Andrew Dowell celebrates with the team as MSU beats Oregon, 31-28, during a Saturday night game last season.

East Lansing — The Big Ten Network announced on Monday that Michigan State will play three primetime games on its airwaves for the upcoming 2016 season.

Last year’s Big Ten champion will kick off the season in Sept. 2 when it hosts Furman at 7 p.m. followed by two road conference games in primetime.

The Spartans will take on Indiana at 8 p.m. on Oct. 1 while they will travel to face Maryland at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22.

The defending Big Ten champions were not selected to play any primetime games on ESPN and ABC but still feature an impressive home schedule that includes a nonconference game with Brigham Young as well as visits from Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio State.

Michigan State also travels to Notre Dame on Sept. 17 and caps the regular season Nov. 26 at Penn State.

Michigan won’t be featured in any of the Big Ten Network’s primetime games on Saturdays but will play two night games during the regular season. The Wolverines open on the road against Rutgers on Oct. 8 at either 7 or 8 p.m. and will face Iowa at 8 p.m. on Nov. 12. Both games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.

Following is the Big Ten Network’s Saturday night primetime schedule:

Sept. 3 — Fresno State at Nebraska, 8 p.m. ET

Sept. 10 — Iowa State at Iowa, 7:30 p.m. ET

Sept. 10 — North Carolina at Illinois, 7:30 p.m. ET

Sept. 17 — Duke at Northwestern, 8 p.m. ET

Sept. 24 — Nebraska at Northwestern, 7:30 p.m. ET

Oct. 1 — Michigan State at Indiana, 8 p.m. ET

Oct. 22 — Michigan State at Maryland, 7:30 p.m. ET

Nov. 5 — Iowa at Penn State, 7:30 p.m. ET

Nov. 12 — Minnesota at Nebraska, 7:30 p.m. ET

Nov. 19 — Penn State at Rutgers, 8 p.m. ET

MICHIGAN STATE 2016 SCHEDULE

Fri., Sept. 2, Furman, 7 p.m. ET (BTN)

Sat., Sept. 17, at Notre Dame, TBA (NBC)

Sat., Sept. 24, Wisconsin, TBA

Sat., Oct. 1, at Indiana, 8 p.m. (BTN)

Sat., Oct. 8, BYU, TBA

Sat., Oct. 15, Northwestern, TBA

Sat., Oct. 22, at Maryland, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)

Sat., Oct. 29, Michigan, TBA

Sat., Nov. 5, at Illinois, TBA

Sat., Nov. 12, Rutgers, TBA

Sat., Nov. 19, Ohio State, TBA

Sat., Nov. 26: at Penn State, TBA