The usual flood of college football games flowing through your TV will slow to a trickle as conference championship weekend gets underway this Friday and Saturday.It's not necessarily a bad thing, with quality taking the place of quantity as leagues look to crown their champions and teams await their bowl-game fates.
In the middle of it all is the first-ever Big Ten Football Championship Game, meaning there will be no shortage of Badgers-related programming for you to consume leading up to kickoff Saturday. Not surprisingly, BTN will have blanket coverage from Indianapolis.
It begins Friday with live coverage of the coaches' press conferences for Bret Bielema and Mark Dantonio, live from Lucas Oil Stadium at 3 p.m. (CT). The pressers also will be streamed live on BTN.com.
You can also watch a replay of the Spartans' 37-31 win over the Badgers on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m., followed by a special edition of the Big Ten Football Report, live from Indy. The 60-minute preview show features Dave Revsine, Mike Hall, Howard Griffith, Gerry DiNardo and Glen Mason talking all things Badgers-Spartans.
The action gets going early Saturday, with ESPN College GameDay featuring record-setting Badgers RB Montee Ball as part of its broadcast that begins at 9 a.m.
A special edition of BTN Live is set for 10 a.m., live from the Big Ten Fan Fest in Indianapolis. Revsine, Griffith, DiNardo and Mason will take questions from Twitter and Facebook.
BTN is back to Indy at 5:30 p.m. with a one-hour pregame show, which leads directly into Fox's live pregame show that begins at 6:30 p.m. Kickoff from Lucas Oil Stadium is set for 7:17 p.m., live on Fox.
You can catch a replay of the championship game at 8 p.m. Sunday, immediately following BTN's one-hour Bowl Selection Special at 7 p.m.
If you can't be near your TV, be sure to watch a live simulcast of the BTN broadcasts on BTN2Go.com or grab the BTN2Go app for iPhone or iPad.
Big Ten Championship Game TV Schedule (All times Central)
|3 p.m.||BTN||Coaches Press Conferences
|6 p.m.||BTN||Replay: Wisconsin vs. Michigan State (Oct. 22)|
|8 p.m.||BTN||Big Ten Football Report Special Edition
|8 a.m.||ESPNU||College GameDay|
|9 a.m.||ESPN||College GameDay|
|10 a.m.||BTN||BTN Live
|5:30 p.m.||BTN||Big Ten Championship Pregame Show|
|6:30 p.m.||FOX||Pregame Show|
|7:17 p.m.||FOX||Big Ten Championship Game|
|8 p.m.||BTN||Replay: Big Ten Championship Game