Your Nine Game Conference Schedules Are Here

Submitted by Brian on July 11th, 2013 at 11:30 AM

A BRAVE NEW WORLD in which Michigan… wait for it… plays Wisconsin.


You're sure you're in the Big Ten again?

Via Kyle Meinke:

2016 2017
Wisconsin @ Purdue
@ Rutgers MSU
Penn State @ Indiana
Illinois @ Penn State
@ MSU Rutgers
Maryland Minnesota
@ Iowa @ Maryland
Indiana @ Wisconsin


Crossover opponents are Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois in year one and Purdue, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in year two. Odd that they're switching up two of those but not the third.

That 2016 schedule has a couple of tentpole-ish games against Wisconsin and maybe Penn State depending on how quickly they climb out from under the rubble, but overall it is a very, very gross home schedule again. Nonconference opponents are Hawaii, Colorado, and Ball State. Those two tentpole-ish games are the whole season.

They may have to start selling tickets in two-year chunks. That's a joke, Dave Brandon. It is not a real thing.

The 2017 game at Wisconsin will be the first time Michigan has gone to Madison since 2009(!). Hello vaguely spliced together not-conference.

Meinke also notes that the 2017 Purdue game is on September 23rd, but that is the fourth week of the season so… uh… yeah, conference games are going to be going on then.

None of this will actually transpire because Michigan will spend the 2016 season on the moon once the Sea of Tranquility is added to the conference.


Kilgore Trout

July 11th, 2013 at 11:48 AM ^

It looks like everyone got one home and home and two random on and offs. Kind of a cool set up as it seems to have been done based on parity.


Michigan - Wisconsin
Ohio State - Nebraska
Michigan State - Northwestern
Penn State - Iowa
Indiana - Purdue (protected)
Rutgers - Illinois
Maryland - Minnesota

So I'd guess in '18 - '19 it would be

Michigan - Nebraska
Ohio State - Wisconsin
Michigan State - Iowa
Penn State - Northwestern
Rutgers - Minnesota
Maryland - Illinois
Indiana - Purdue (protected)

Decatur Jack

July 11th, 2013 at 12:05 PM ^

This is why (before) we stopped having MSU and OSU be home and away on the same years. Because the years when they're both away suck.

Seriously, ticket sales will be like a bell curve year to year.


July 11th, 2013 at 12:02 PM ^

like scheduling 2 major-BCS teams on those years because those schedules aren't going to get any better with ND being off the schedule. Your best home games in even years, as it is now, is basically the 3rd or 4th best Big Ten team and that's IF Wisconsin and Penn State don't both get/stay bad


July 11th, 2013 at 12:12 PM ^

just how much this +Rutgers +Maryland to the BIG10 royally sucks donkey.

Dialogue and Bargaining stage here.....because I still don't get why this happened....

And isn't Dave supposed to be making lemonade?




July 11th, 2013 at 12:16 PM ^

Also looks like a long break from Nebraska, so just about the time I get used to playing Wisconsin, I have to go figure out what a Cornhusker is again.


July 11th, 2013 at 12:57 PM ^

That goes both ways though, and "unproven" can just as easily mean the guy's better than anyone thinks.  The past few years have sucked* because the B1G has been wracked with scandal, league talent's been mediocre and Michigan's been crawling out of a recruiting Winter.  But not only are most Michigan fans with a few gray hairs and wrinkles accustomed to Michigan annually contending for the title, there are usually at least two teams that play better than expected, to make up for two that don't.  Wisconsin's traditionally been the fill-in, but in any given season I've been following Michigan football, STAEE and PSU each have a better than 50% chance of being good.  I'd include Nebraska but I'm still getting used to Nebraska being a B1G team**.  Once a decade Northwestern or Iowa (if not both) will punch two categories above their weight, and in that same decade a non-Michigan/Ohio/Wisky team will make a serious run for the title.  Once a generation one of the wee lads (Purdue, Indiana, Minnesota, etc.) will find a Drew Brees or Randle El and do scary things with their shiny toy.

My point is, don't fret it -- this is 2016-17 FFS.  Every year is sorta predictable, but no year is perfectly predictable.  If it was, I wouldn't be following this sport anyway.

*I mean for the B1G in general.  I wouldn't take back that Sugar Bowl for anything.
**shut up and get off my lawn.

French West Indian

July 11th, 2013 at 12:43 PM ^

...sell the season tickets in 2 year packages?  That actually seems reasonable to me because at least you'd get to lock-in before the inevitable price rise (and we know tickets never go down).

Hell, why not even an option for a lifetime membership?  It'd probably be a steal once you contemplate what you'll be paying in another 30 years (assuming you live long enough).  I guess that's gamble, kind of like a season ticket annuity.


July 11th, 2013 at 12:54 PM ^

FWIW - OSU plays @Wisconsin, @Penn State, NW, NE, @MD, @MSU, UM in consecutive weeks in '16. I think that makes up for the (lack of) schedule this year.


July 11th, 2013 at 1:01 PM ^

My guess is the AD won't sell in 2 year chunks, but they will bump prices every 2 years. The AD can keep per-ticket prices the same in 2016 (extra home game) then bump them in 2017 (marquee home games!) and make the same cash.


July 11th, 2013 at 1:53 PM ^

It seems to just be Purdue dipping into Week 4. Best guess is that was a request so they have more room to schedule Notre Dame, though since ND is dropping UM that shouldn't be as much of a concern.

Evil Empire

July 12th, 2013 at 10:24 AM ^

I guess that's gone.  Also a game against Cincinnati in 2017, which doesn't appear on UM's site.  Since we have no other non-conf games scheduled, uh...

With three non-conference games every year I anticipate a pattern of

MAC opponent home game,

Big-ish name opponent home-and-home (Arkansas 2018 & 2019, Virginia Tech 2020 & 2021), and

Middle of the road opponent, ideally a lower echolon ACQ team willing to play a single road game at Michigan or play two games at Michigan in return for a single visit, perhaps teams like North Carolina, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, TCU, Texas Tech.