WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — The Big Ten Conference and its broadcast partners announced the start times for Purdue's first six football games of the 2018 season and the television platform for four. The Boilermakers host their first four contests at Ross-Ade Stadium, including the opener in a conference tilt vs. Northwestern on Thursday, Aug. 30.
The opener against the Wildcats, Purdue's first Big Ten game to begin a season since 1996, will kick at 8 p.m. ET and be aired by ESPN. Northwestern knocked off the Boilermakers 23-13 last season in Evanston, but Purdue holds a 50-31-1 edge in the all-time series. The Boilermakers will open their home season under the lights for a second straight year after hosting Ohio in primetime in 2017.
The Sept. 8 contest against Eastern Michigan will start at noon ET and carried on the Big Ten Network. The Eagles and Boilermakers have met twice on the gridiron, with Purdue emerging victorious both times. EMU last visited West Lafayette in 2012.
Purdue will host Missouri on Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network. The game marks a rematch of last season's meeting in Columbia, which the Boilermakers won 33-3. Purdue and Missouri have played nine times in football, with the Boilermakers owning a 7-2 edge in the series. The Tigers are visiting West Lafayette for the first time since 1956.
A Homecoming tilt vs. Boston College on Sept. 22, which is scheduled for a noon kick on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, will be the first matchup in football for the Boilermakers and Eagles. The contest marks the end of the non-conference slate for Purdue.
The Boilermakers head out on the road for the first time Sept. 29 at Nebraska. The game will begin at either 3:30 or 4 p.m. ET and the television partner will be announced closer to the date. The Cornhuskers rallied late to knock off the Boilermakers 25-24 in West Lafayette last season and own a 4-2 lead in the all-time series between the two schools.
The battle for the Cannon against Illinois in Champaign on Oct. 13 is scheduled for a 3:30 or 4 p.m. ET start with television TBA. The Boilermakers defeated the Fighting Illini 29-10 last season and have won 13 of the last 18 meetings. Illinois holds a narrow 44-43-6 lead in 93 all-time meetings.
Aug. 30 - Northwestern, ESPN, 8 p.m. ET
Sept. 8 - Eastern Michigan, BTN, Noon ET
Sept. 15 - Missouri, BTN, 7:30 p.m. ET
Sept. 22 - Boston College (Homecoming), ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, Noon ET
Sept. 29 - at Nebraska, Network TBA, 3:30 or 4:00 p.m. ET
Oct. 13 - at Illinois, Network TBA, 3:30 or 4:00 p.m. ET