Big Ten Announces 2016 and '17 Football Schedules
July 11, 2013
Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten office announced the conference schedules for the 2016 and '17 football seasons Thursday, as approved by the Big Ten Directors of Athletics. The 2016 season will mark the start of the nine-game conference slate in the Big Ten.
Illinois, who will be in the Big Ten West Division starting in 2014, will play each of the other six West Division foes - Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin - in both 2016 and '17, in addition to three crossover games against the East. In 2016, the Fighting Illini will have crossover games at Rutgers (Oct. 15), at Michigan (Oct. 22) and at home against Michigan State (Nov. 5), making five of the Fighting Illini's nine B1G games on the road.
The 2017 Illinois slate will feature three different crossover games against the East Division - at home against Rutgers (Oct. 14) and Indiana (Nov. 11), and at Ohio State (Nov. 18) - in addition to the six West Division games, meaning the Illini will have five Big Ten home games vs. four road games that season.
All Fighting Illini non-conference games for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, as well as two for the 2015 season, have yet to be announced. Earlier this summer, Illinois announced conference schedules for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, as well as a pair of non-conference games for 2015.
East and West Divisional play will begin in 2014 with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten Conference, making 2013 the final year of the 12-team league and the Legends and Leaders division names. 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.
Illinois Future Schedule Notes
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