COLUMBUS, OH, Sporting Alert — The following is the NCAA College Football Big Ten schedule for Week 3 on Friday and Saturday, September 15-16.
Four AP Top 25 teams, including three ranked in the Top 10, are on the books for Week 3.
No. 5 Penn State, No. 7 Michigan, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 10 Wisconsin are the Big Ten ranked teams in action this weekend and there are TV listings and live streaming available.
In one of the first games at Noon, seventh-ranked Michigan will entertain Air Force at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, and this game will be live on the Big Ten Network and streaming live on the BTN2Go App.
The Wolverines (2-0) knocked off then-No. 17 Florida in their season opener before beating Cincinnati 36-14 last Saturday.
This weekend, Michigan will start with a 91 percent chance to win the game, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. They are 7-0 against non-conference opponents at home under Jim Harbaugh.
Also at 12 pm, Northern Illinois travels to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, to take on the Cornhuskers.
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Tenth-ranked Wisconsin heads the list of teams kicking off at 3:30 pm.
The Badgers (2-0) who won both their season openers, including the 31-14 win over Florida Atlantic last Saturday, are being backed to take down BYU on the road.
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Wisconsin has an 88 percent chance to see off BYU and hand the Cougars their successive defeat of the season.
Live national coverage of this game from the LaVell Edwards Stadium is on ABC and streaming live on WatchESPN.
Also going off at 3:30 are the North Texas at Iowa, Middle Tennessee at Minnesota and Morgan State at Rutgers fixtures.
The lone Big Ten fixture kicking off at 4 pm sees Purdue and Missouri battling at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field in Columbia, on the SEC Network and streaming on WatchESPN.
Meanwhile, No. 8 Ohio State will aim to bounce back against Army this week, following last weekend’s disappointing 31-16 defeat to then-No. 5 Oklahoma at home.
The Buckeyes (1-1) who were ranked No. 2 at the time, dropped six places after the Week 2 defeat and must recover quickly.
ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving Ohio State a 97.1 percent chance to pick up the win at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, but struggling quarterback J.T. Barrett’s must start to do better as the team’s leader.
Head coach Urban Meyer remains confident in his starting QB, but wants him and those around him to get it together quickly.
“I see a mentally tough guy,” Meyer said about Barrett. “He’s got to play better. We’ve got to play better. We’ve got to coach better.”
Elsewhere, No. 5 Penn State will look to stay undefeated this season when it hosts Georgia State at Beaver Stadium.
The Nittany Lions (2-0) are off to a solid start this term and have been given an almost perfect 99.4 percent by ESPN’s Football Power Index to win this week.
Game time for this one is set for 7:30 pm.
Illinois will play No. 22 South Florida at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Friday night to kickoff the Big Ten fixtures in Week 3.
BIG TEN SCHEDULE – WEEK 3
Friday and Saturday, September 15-16
Air Force at No. 7 Michigan @ Noon BTN
Northern Illinois at Nebraska Noon FS1
No. 10 Wisconsin at BYU @ 3:30 pm ABC and WatchESPN
Morgan State at Rutgers @ 3:30 pm BTN
Middle Tennessee at Minnesota @ 3:30 pm BTN
North Texas at Iowa @ 3:30 pm ESPN2 and WatchESPN
Purdue at Missouri @ 4:00 pm SECN and WatchESPN
Army at No. 8 Ohio State @ 4:30 pm FOX and Fox Sports Go
Georgia State at No. 5 Penn State @ 7:30 pm BTN
Bowling Green at Northwestern @ 7:30 pm BTN