April 6, 2011

Big Ten Conference Schedules Through 2014 Released

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The Big Ten released the conference schedules through 2014 today, and things are essentially as expected for Penn State.

Noticeably, it appears that Penn State has traded their year end matchup against Michigan State for a year end matchup against Wisconsin. That seems pretty even to me, given each school's history in the conference.

Also, beginning in 2013, each school will have two bye weeks throughout conference play. Penn State gets a bye before each Ohio State matchup over the subsequent two years. In 2014, the other bye week comes before Nebraska, so you can't really ask for better bye week placements in 2014.

The schedules for Penn State are as follows:

29-Sepat Illinois28-SepBYE27-SepMinnesota
6-OctNorthwestern5-Octat Indiana4-OctBYE
13-OctBYE12-OctMichigan11-Octat Nebraska
20-Octat Iowa19-OctBYE18-OctIndiana
27-OctOhio St.26-Octat Ohio St.25-Octat Michigan
3-Novat Purdue2-NovIllinois1-Novat Purdue
10-Novat Nebraska9-Novat Minnesota8-NovBYE
17-NovIndiana16-NovPurdue15-NovOhio St.
24-NovWisconsin23-NovNebraska22-Novat Illinois
30-Novat Wisconsin29-NovWisconsin

In case you've already forgotten, Penn State's conference schedules must comply with the following rules: 1) play each of the other five Leaders Division teams (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin) every year, on a rotating home-and-home basis; 2) play a protected cross-divisional matchup with Nebraska every year, on a rotating home-and-home basis; and 3) play two of the remaining Legends Division teams for two alternating home-and-home years, before rotating to another two teams.

In 2012, the Legends Division teams Penn State will face are Northwestern and at Iowa. Beginning in 2013, Penn State will see Michigan and Minnesota. With the hopeful resurgence of the Wolverines under Brady Hoke, the 2013 and 2014 schedules should be brutal, with Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Wisconsin each year.

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