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Ohio State to play Penn State, Minnesota, and Rutgers in prime time

The defending champs will get multiple chances to play under the lights this season

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, Ohio State played a whopping five games at night (Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, at Penn State, Illinois and at Michigan State), including a run of three games in a row. This season will also provide ample opportunity to see the Buckeyes in prime time, as the Big Ten night game slate has been announced, with Ohio State facing three league teams under the lights.

It was previously reported that Ohio State's home game against Minnesota, on Nov. 7, will be under the lights. The Buckeyes will also host Penn State on Oct. 17, in what has become a bit of an annual night game, and will travel to Rutgers in prime time on Oct. 24. That means that the Buckeyes will once again play three consecutive night games, although they will get a break with a bye week on Oct 31.

Ohio State will also travel to Virginia Tech for a labor day night game showdown on Monday, Sept. 7. The times for Ohio State's other three nonconference games have yet to be announced, so it is possible that Ohio State could still have a fifth night game, should they play Hawaii, Northern Illinois or Western Michigan in prime time.

The Buckeyes have won seven consecutive Big Ten night games, and went 4-1 at night in the regular season last year. Ohio State should be favored in all of those games, and the last time Penn State traveled to Columbus at night, they lost to Ohio State, 63-14.

Per Ohio State, the Buckeyes are officially 46-23 all time in night games, and 12-4 in Ohio Stadium at night.