Buckeyes get at least three prime-time games

Fireworks are set off as the Ohio State Buckeyes take the field for the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium.

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Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes remain a prime-time attraction.

The Big Ten announced prime-time games as part of it’s ESPN/ABC television package for 2014, and the Buckeyes will play three featured games.

The Sept. 6 home opener vs. Virginia Tech will kick off at 8 p.m, as will two Big Ten games: Oct. 25 at Penn State and Nov. 1 vs. Illinois.

The Big Ten traditionally has not played prime-time games in November, meaning the Nov. 8 Big Ten Championship Game rematch at Michigan State is likely headed for a 3:30 p.m. start but no announcement has been made.

The season opener at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore had been previously announced as a noon start. The regular-season finale vs. Michigan will remain a day game but that start time is traditionally not announced until early November.

The Big Ten Network will announce its prime-time games next week, so Ohio could end up with more night games.