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Big Ten releases first set of nine-game schedules

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Thanks to the additions of Maryland and Rutgers, the Big Ten announced confirmed earlier this year that the conference would be going to a nine-game schedule in 2016.  Thursday morning, the slates for the first two seasons of the B1G were released.

As expected, the 2016 and 2017 schedules consist of six games versus divisional opponents as well as three cross-division games.  Indiana-Purdue (the Old Oaken Bucket) is the only cross-division rivalry that’s protected annually.

Along with the nine-game schedule, it had previously been announced that the conference would not only be dropping the pretentious Legends & Leaders divisional monikers for the more simplified East & West designations, but would be shaking up the makeup of the divisions.  The divisions beginning in 2016 will look follows:

East Division
Indiana
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Ohio State
Penn State
Rutgers

West Division
Illinois
Iowa
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Purdue
Wisconsin

When the Big Ten released its 2014 and 2015 schedules in May and June, respectively, one of the quirks was that East members Michigan and Ohio State avoided West members Nebraska and Wisconsin, and vice versa.  Thanks to what the conference calls parity-based scheduling, that will change.  Somewhat.

In 2016, the Badgers will draw the Wolverines (Oct. 1, in Ann Arbor) and the Buckeyes (Oct. 15) during their first three conference games.  While they avoid OSU in 2017, UW does get a return trip from UM in mid-November.  Conversely, the Cornhuskers have drawn the Buckeyes in both 2016 and 2017, but won’t see the Wolverines either season.

The 2017 season will mark the fourth year in a row that Nebraska and Michigan will not meet after playing each of NU’s first two seasons in the conference.

Below are the complete nine-game schedules for the first two seasons such a format will be in effect:

2016

2016 Big Ten Schedule

2017

2017 Big Ten Schedule

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11 Responses to “Big Ten releases first set of nine-game schedules”
  1. e5003 says: Jul 11, 2013 1:55 PM

    …So they’ve changed the logo again? So now we’re the Big 10 Ten

  2. imaduffer says: Jul 11, 2013 3:13 PM

    I would like to see all conferences go for nine conference games.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 11, 2013 4:18 PM

    I’d love to see the SEC go to 9 conference games. They’ll do it eventually… Saban is right, its more money, more prestige. Can’t keep padding record with FCS teams.

    Believe me I understand why they do it now. Mizzou had to play Bama, UGA, UF, A&M, & S. Carolina last year…. you need a Southeastern Louisiana to keep yourself sane with a schedule like that.

    But sooner or later you have to embrace conference expansion and adjust the schedule accordingly.

  4. florida727 says: Jul 11, 2013 4:31 PM

    #8to80texan is right. You need the occasional soft opponent to either a) ease into the season, or b) give your team a break from a brutal schedule. (BTW, the idealist in me also recognizes that those lesser teams make enough money off getting the crap beat out of them to fund a lot of their sports for the rest of the year by taking that game.) But I like the idea of an expanded conference schedule as well. The B1G is going to do exactly what the SEC is doing right now: beat themselves up in conference play so that the survivor is going to be well positioned to win the national championship or whatever major bowl game they play in.

    Criticize the SEC all you want. At the end of the day, they play a brutal in-conference schedule that prepares them to beat whoever they face in the national championship game, which they get into because of the respect they’ve earned by having a tough schedule of in-conference play. One feeds the other.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 11, 2013 5:22 PM

    The brutality of an SEC schedule is why they have won 8 out of the last 10 BCS titles and the last 7 in a row.

  6. bertenheim says: Jul 11, 2013 5:36 PM

    Throw out AL and LSU, and A&M’s sked is a joke.

  7. ndnut says: Jul 11, 2013 5:37 PM

    While I love to hate the SEC, I do have to respect the toughness of their conference. I also pity Vanderbilt while I cheer for them the most out of all the SEC teams.

  8. polegojim says: Jul 11, 2013 6:42 PM

    berten… and they beat Alabama… which get’s them immediate credit!

  9. imaduffer says: Jul 11, 2013 6:58 PM

    I am not a hater of the SEC but please explain to me how brutal is Alabama schedule. Yes, I know they play A&M and LSU but who else do they play?

  10. watchfullhose says: Jul 12, 2013 7:27 AM

    …crickets….

  11. thegamecocker says: Jul 12, 2013 10:04 AM

    If you truly want to see s”scheuduel shock”, take a look at the teams Rutgers has to play. The quality of teams by entering the Big Ten is out of sight. If you compare who they’ve been playing in the Big East with what’s in front of them, it is daunting.

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