Big Ten slate gets a little bigger in 2016

Paul Bunyan Axe

July 11, 2013

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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.

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WISCONSIN FOOTBALL FUTURE SCHEDULES
2013
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 (Homecoming)
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 Game (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.)

2014
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 Game (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.)

2015
Sept. 5 - vs. Alabama (Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas)
BIG TEN CONFERENCE GAMES

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 Game (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.)

2016
BIG TEN CONFERENCE GAMES ONLY
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 Game

2017
BIG TEN CONFERENCE GAMES ONLY
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 Game

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