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Big Ten Announces Friday Night Schedule For 2017

Friday night football is coming to the Big Ten.

The Big Ten will begin hosting Friday night football games in 2017, as part of the league's new TV deal with ABC/ESPN/FOX.

Some of the league's schools, like Michigan and Penn State, have told the league they will not be participating in these Friday night games. Others, like Ohio State, have said they will be but have some stipulations.

Today, the conference announced its Friday night schedule for 2017:

Fri., Sept. 1 Washington at Rutgers
Fri., Sept. 1 Utah State at Wisconsin
Fri., Sept. 8 Ohio at Purdue
Fri., Sept. 29 Nebraska at Illinois
Fri., Oct. 13 Northwestern at Maryland
Fri., Oct. 27 Michigan State at Northwestern

Here's what the Big Ten said about these games and the plans going forward:

As a result of the Conference’s new television agreements, every Big Ten football game over the next six years will be nationally televised by ABC/ESPN, FOX or BTN. Of the approximately 600 games scheduled to be broadcast by our television partners in the next six years, 36 games (6 per year) will occur on Friday night. While not all institutions are able to participate in Friday night matchups, all 14 institutions will participate in the broad initiative to provide more primetime exposure on national platforms.

The Big Ten Conference appreciates the significance of high school football within the region and has worked to minimize the impact of this initiative by limiting the number of Friday night games. Overall, these games represent approximately 6% of Big Ten home games annually, and no institution will host more than one game in any given year. Friday night games will also be announced at least 10 months in advance to provide all parties adequate time to prepare.

Who's ready for some Friday night football?

[Big Ten]