Big Ten Announce 2016 & 2017 Conference Schedules


Badgers will finish regular season against rival Gophers on Thanksgiving weekend four straight years starting in 2014

MADISON, Wis. – The 2016 Big Ten football season will mark the advent of a nine-game conference schedule for the first time since 1984. On Thursday, the league announced what that conference slate will look like in the first two seasons.

 In both 2016 and 2017, Wisconsin will play six games against its West Division rivals and three crossover games against East Division teams. In 2016 the three crossover games are against Michigan (away), Michigan State (away) and Ohio State (home). The following year, UW will face Maryland (home), Indiana (away) and Michigan (home)

 Big Ten West Division teams will have four home conference games in 2016 and five home league games in 2017. For the Badgers, that means Ohio State, Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota will visit Camp Randall Stadium in 2016 and Northwestern, Purdue, Maryland, Iowa and Michigan will come to Madison in 2017.

 In each of 2016 and 2017, Wisconsin and Minnesota will square off on Thanksgiving weekend. That means the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe will close the regular season for both teams every year beginning in 2014.



Aug. 31         UMASS

Sept. 7          TENNESSEE TECH

Sept. 14        at Arizona State

Sept. 21        PURDUE

Sept. 28        at Ohio State

Oct. 5            BYE

Oct. 12          NORTHWESTERN  (HC)

Oct. 19          at Illinois

Oct. 26          BYE

Nov. 2           at Iowa

Nov. 9           BYU

Nov. 16         INDIANA

Nov. 23         at Minnesota

Nov. 30         PENN STATE

Dec. 7            Big Ten Championship


Aug. 30         TBA

Sept. 6          WESTERN ILLINOIS

Sept. 13        TBA

Sept. 20        BOWLING GREEN

Sept. 27        USF

Oct. 4            at Northwestern

Oct. 11          ILLINOIS

Oct. 18          BYE

Oct. 25          MARYLAND

Nov. 1           at Rutgers

Nov. 8           at Purdue

Nov. 15         NEBRASKA

Nov. 22         at Iowa

Nov. 29         MINNESOTA

Dec. 6            Big Ten Championship



Sept. 5          vs. Alabama (Cowboys Stadium)


Oct. 3            IOWA

Oct. 10          at Nebraska

Oct. 17          PURDUE

Oct. 24          at Illinois

Oct. 31          RUTGERS

Nov. 7           at Maryland

Nov. 14         BYE

Nov. 21         NORTHWESTERN

Nov. 28         at Minnesota

Dec. 5            Big Ten Championship



Oct. 1            at Michigan

Oct. 8            at Michigan State

Oct. 15          OHIO STATE

Oct. 22          at Iowa

Oct. 29          NEBRASKA

Nov. 5           at Northwestern

Nov. 12         ILLINOIS

Nov. 19         at Purdue

Nov. 26         MINNESOTA

Dec. 3            Big Ten Championship



Sept. 30        NORTHWESTERN

Oct. 7            at Nebraska

Oct. 14          PURDUE

Oct. 21          MARYLAND

Oct. 28          at Illinois

Nov. 4           at Indiana

Nov. 11         IOWA

Nov. 18         MICHIGAN

Nov. 25         at Minnesota

Dec. 2            Big Ten Championship


About Troy Pieper
I've been covering the Wisconsin Badgers for many years as a lead blogger for many sites, now I look forward to breaking away from my last lead blog position and see if I can build "The Badger Sports Beat" up to one of the best sites that cover all Badger sports! "On Wisconsin"

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