ESPN will broadcast Ohio State’s 2017 season-opener against Indiana and ABC will carry the following week’s marquee non-conference rematch against Oklahoma.
Fox Sports made a splash last week when it acquired the broadcast rights for the 2017 Ohio State-Michigan game, but Disney-owned ESPN and ABC will remain major players in college football.
“Oklahoma at Ohio State is one of the premier games of the entire college football season, let alone on the Big Ten schedule.” said Nick Dawson, ESPN vice president of programming and acquisitions. “Evidenced by this this must-see non-conference game in Columbus week 2 and our opening week Big Ten schedule, ESPN/ABC’s long tradition of airing marquee games from the Big Ten will continue throughout this season and into the future.”
Ohio State’s opener in Bloomington against the Hoosiers on Aug. 31 will kick off at 8 p.m. The Oklahoma game in Columbus on Sept. 9 will start at 7:30 p.m.
ABC/ESPN will also carry several other prominent openers involving Big Ten teams, including Utah State at Wisconsin on Sept. 1 and Michigan vs. Florida on Sept. 2.
In addition, ABC will broadcast the Florida State-Alabama game Sept. 2 and the Sept. 16 Miami-Florida State game.