2016/17 B1G Football Conference Schedules out

Submitted by redwings8831 on July 11th, 2013 at 10:29 AM

2016: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/ind/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2013-1…

2017: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/ind/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2013-1…



East Division

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

West Division

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


East Division

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

West Division

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




July 11th, 2013 at 10:32 AM ^

From the sounds of the comments on the schedule at the bottom of the article, it looks like the two consecutive home games we will be giving to MSU in '13 and '14 will be returned with games at the Big House in '15 and '16.  Moving forward, MSU and OSU will be both home in odd years and both away in even years.


July 11th, 2013 at 11:08 AM ^

or just from the comments? it would suck if that were true. that means that penn state would be your locked in marquis conference home game. i suppose you might also get a wisconsin or nebraska from the other division, but it would nice to have one, good ol' fashioned hate fest at home every year.


July 11th, 2013 at 10:37 AM ^

I appreciate how they don't guarantee a Home and Away in back to back years for cross-divisional games.  The reason being that it allows teams to cycle through opponents quicker.  Otherwise, it could be possible to have 4 straight years of missing a team in the other division.

At least this way, we will still see all the cross-divsional teams on a frequent basis, just won't get the Home or Away Return right away.


July 11th, 2013 at 10:41 AM ^

Here is the full Michigan schedule for 2016/2017 in non-pdf form.

One thing I noticed: they are starting to schedule conference games in the first four weeks of the season. Michigan specifically gets Purdue in week 4 of 2017.


July 11th, 2013 at 11:17 AM ^

I believe we're supposed to play Cincinnati on September 9th, two week before Purdue that season, which leaves two slots available for OOC games on either side of that game. One thing that is interesting is that the 2016 bye seems to sit in the second week of the season - I can't remember it being that early in a while anyway, although I think that is a quirk of adjusting to the 9-game conference schedule this time.

If you put the conference schedules for the next five seasons next to each other, on most every week after week 9, we are away a majority of the time - 3 times in week 9, 12 and 13 and 4 times in week 11 over the course of the next five years. It also looks like the pattern might end up being 3 at home and 3 away in the division, and then alternating "2 home and 1 away" and "2 away and 1 home" for cross-divisional games. 

Leaders And Best

July 11th, 2013 at 11:10 AM ^

PSU's sanctions will have taken full effect by 2016 after 4 straight classes limited to 15 scholarship counters. Colorado is not a big game. Maybe they get it turned around by 2016. We don't have a single rivalry game on the schedule.

The theme when you say 2016 is better than 2012 and 2014 is that our Even year schedules are terrible now. 2016 is about as good as it will get. They were already imbalanced with OSU and ND in the same year but are even worse now with MSU shifted to even years and ND off the schedule. You cannot replace a rivalry game.

Section 1

July 11th, 2013 at 10:56 AM ^

We are still getting stuck with MSU and OSU "home" years and "away" years.  All to somehow satisfy schedulers who don't want any of UM, MSU, PSU or OSU to have to face all three of the others on the road.  At least that is what I heard.

Can anybody explain how Brandon was forced, at gunpoint, to agree to this long-term rotten scheduling?  Because if it wasn't at gunpoint, I'm not sure how it was that he agreed to it, and then agreed not to publicly complain about it.

I'll blame Brandon, until and unless Brandon points the finger clearly at somebody else and explains it.

God, I hate Penn State and everything they have brought to this Conference.

Section 1

July 11th, 2013 at 11:08 AM ^

I'll blame Brandon, until and unless Brandon points the finger clearly at somebody else and explains it. 

Did you miss that part?

Let Brandon tell us why he is not to blame.  Explain in detail what principle forces us to move off of our traditional rotation of OSU and MSU, the two most popular games on a future no-ND schedule.

If Brandon can do that, then we will know who to blame.


July 11th, 2013 at 11:20 AM ^

when he doesn't have the balls to put his all time winningest program, giant budget, biggest stadium out there and shove around the rest of the mickeymouse programs in this conference. i know that every seat at the conference table is equal, its just that UM's seat is probably a little more cushioned and offers 17 points of adjustment and has a mesh back so we don't get too sweaty.

i know that brandon and the rest of the conference gets is jollies off of media sales these days, but everything they have now was built on the backs of ticket sales and to stick the foundation of your program with anything less that ideal falls on him.


July 11th, 2013 at 11:10 AM ^

If you are going to have Ohio and MSU be away/home in the same year at least they are both home when there are only 4 home games and both away when there are 5 home games. I think that is a good way to keep the schedule difficulty more level from year to year. 


July 11th, 2013 at 2:35 PM ^

I would venture to guess that Brandon only agreed to the MSU/OSU home and away in the same seasons if the east division was guaranteed five home conference games in even years to offset the loss of both traditional rivals coming to Michigan Stadium.


July 11th, 2013 at 11:10 AM ^

I think Rutgers will be a good game to watch going forward.  They'll probably be better than MSU (although not a rivalry game) and PSU (in the near term until they recover from their sanctions).


July 12th, 2013 at 1:07 PM ^

That will be interesting to watch, but I have a feeling Rutgers will be...Rutgers.  They come from a terrible conference with weak competition.  I recall PSU faring much better before they joined the B1G years back.  In comparison, Rutgers is a nothing trying to make the same jump.  I guess it's the same complaint many of us have lodged (though there's really no point) - c'mon, Rutgers?  And Maryland?  Sounds like Illinois and Indiana to me.


July 11th, 2013 at 11:17 AM ^

Seeing as how the crossovers will be 1 home&home + 2 rotating, it looks like the top schools from each division will be guaranteed home & home games with each other whenever they are available.

Notice how Michigan skips Nebraska on the 2017 schedule, suggesting that they will be part of the h&h in 2018.

I'm 90% sure that the 2019-20 schedule crossover for Michigan will be 

2019: Neb, @NW, Illinois

2020:@Neb, Iowa(next h&h), @Minn 




July 11th, 2013 at 11:55 AM ^

Seth, you may want to consider adding the Arkansas series to the wiki as well:

U-M also announced a home-and-home series with Arkansas to open the 2018 and '19 seasons. The Wolverines will host Arkansas at the Big House in the season opener on Sept. 1, 2018, with a return trip to Fayetteville, Ark., scheduled for Aug. 31, 2019.


Naked Bootlegger

July 11th, 2013 at 12:09 PM ^

Living in Madison, this news pleases me.    I don't care about anything else.   I don't care if we're getting screwed by horrible crossover scheduling.  I just want to see the winged helmet in Madison every few years.   It's all about me.

Naked Bootlegger

July 11th, 2013 at 1:09 PM ^

Exactly the same sentiment.   It sucks that I've lived in a Big 10 city for the past 10+ years and feel like UW and UM are in completely different conferences.   So welcome NYC and DC markets...thanks for further clouding up my ability to see UM play in a B1G city!


July 11th, 2013 at 12:16 PM ^

Is it still ok to be super pissed that we go to East Lansing twice in a row? Ok, thought so. Of all the teams to make us play @ twice in a row, they figured MSU? I would've preferred us going to anyone else but OSU twice in a row. Hell, send us to Iowa City or Bloomington in 4 straight years, just don't screw us over in a rivalry series and give me my back a non-awful even year home schedule