Big Ten Announces 2014 Conference Football Schedule
May 16, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Big Ten office announced the conference schedule for the 2014 football season Thursday, as approved by the Big Ten Directors of Athletics. The 2014 schedule will consist of eight games for each of the Big Ten's 14 teams, feature a new division alignment, include the conference debut of Maryland and Rutgers, and culminate with the fourth-annual Big Ten Football Championship Game.
Illinois will face West Division foes Purdue (Oct. 4), Minnesota (Oct. 25) and Iowa (Nov. 15) at home, and will travel to Nebraska (Sept. 27), Wisconsin (Oct. 11) and Northwestern (Nov. 29). The Fighting Illini's two cross-division foes from the East are Ohio State (Nov. 1, away) and Penn State (Nov. 22, home).
Beginning in 2014, the Big Ten football division alignments will feature Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers in the East Division and Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin in the West Division. Each school will play the other six schools in its division plus two teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015, which will serve as transitional years in which the schools will still be playing eight-game schedules. Beginning in 2016, each school will play three teams from the other division as part of its nine-game schedule. The cross-division games will include one protected matchup on an annual basis between Indiana and Purdue.
On Wednesday, Illinois announced the completion of its 2014 non-conference schedule, which includes home games against Youngstown State (Aug. 30), Western Kentucky (Sept. 6) and Texas State (Sept. 20) and a road game at Washington (Sept. 13). With seven home games in 2014, the Illini will have seven or more games at Memorial Stadium for the fourth consecutive season (eight in 2011 and seven each in 2012, '13 and '14).
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