Big Ten could finalize football schedule as early as this week

The Big Ten is moving quickly to release a schedule for its new fall football format this season.

The conference is “working expeditiously” to present a schedule to its athletic directors as early as the end of this week, a Big Ten spokesperson told 247Sports on Wednesday. The Big Ten announced Wednesday its decision to reverse course and conduct a shortened fall football season after canceling plans Aug. 11.

“We are working expeditiously to create and finalize a schedule as soon as we are able, and expect to have something for our ADs to review by the end of this week at the earliest,” the spokesperson said.

The Big Ten could play some games on Monday and Friday nights on FOX and FS1, Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez said Wednesday.

The Big Ten will begin a nine-game schedule Oct. 24, with eight games in the regular season and a ninth game featuring cross-over matchups between the two divisions on the same weekend of the Big Ten Championship Game (Dec. 19). Matchups in Week 9 will be seeded. No bye weeks are built into the schedule. The Big Ten will attempt to complete a regular season in time to join the ACC, Big 12 and SEC for the postseason, including the College Football Playoff. The ACC and Big 12 began its seasons last week. The SEC is scheduled to begin a 10-game schedule Sept. 26.

The Big Ten initially released a 10-game schedule Aug. 5, only to cancel the season six days later. The initial schedule is below.

Initial 10-game Big Ten schedule

The Big Ten announced a 10-game, conference-only schedule Aug. 5, but canceled the plans Aug. 11. A new eight-game schedule will be released as early as this week, with the season beginning Oct. 24.

Sept. 3
Ohio State at Illinois

Sept. 4
Indiana at Wisconsin

Sept. 5
Maryland at Iowa
Minnesota at Michigan State
Nebraska at Rutgers
Northwestern at Penn State
Purdue at Michigan

Sept. 12
Illinois at Nebraska
Iowa at Purdue
Michigan at Minnesota
Michigan State at Maryland
Penn State at Indiana
Rutgers at Ohio State
Wisconsin at Northwestern

Sept. 19
Illinois at Indiana
Iowa at Minnesota
Northwestern at Michigan State
Ohio State at Purdue
Penn State at Michigan
Rutgers at Maryland
Wisconsin at Nebraska

Sept. 26
Indiana at Ohio State
Maryland at Northwestern
Michigan at Rutgers
Michigan State at Penn State
Minnesota at Wisconsin
Nebraska at Iowa
Purdue at Illinois

Oct. 3
Michigan State at Michigan
Minnesota at Nebraska
Northwestern at Iowa
Penn State at Rutgers
Wisconsin at Maryland

Oct. 10
Indiana at Minnesota
Iowa at Illinois
Nebraska at Ohio State
Purdue at Wisconsin

Oct. 17
Illinois at Northwestern
Maryland at Penn State
Michigan at Indiana
Ohio State at Michigan State
Rutgers at Purdue

Oct. 24
Illinois at Wisconsin
Iowa at Penn State
Maryland at Indiana
Michigan at Ohio State
Nebraska at Northwestern
Purdue at Minnesota
Rutgers at Michigan State

Oct. 31
Indiana at Rutgers
Michigan State at Iowa
Minnesota at Illinois
Northwestern at Purdue
Ohio State at Maryland
Penn State at Nebraska
Wisconsin at Michigan

Nov. 7
Illinois at Rutgers
Indiana at Michigan State
Maryland at Michigan
Ohio State at Penn State

Nov. 14
Nebraska at Purdue
Northwestern at Minnesota
Wisconsin at Iowa

Nov. 21
Iowa at Ohio State
Michigan at Northwestern
Michigan State at Nebraska
Minnesota at Maryland
Penn State at Illinois
Purdue at Indiana
Rutgers at Wisconsin



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