Looking at the 2018 and 2019 schedules I noticed Michigan will have played the best team in the West Division four years in a row from 2016-19 and no other team more than twice. The table below shows our cross division games from 2016 (when the 9 game B1G schedule started) until 2019. I was wondering if anyone had insight into how these cross-division games were determined. From the announcement of the 9 game schedule released back in 2013 the only guidelines I see are:
- Indiana and Purdue play every year
- East Division teams play 5 games at home in even-numbered years and West Division teams play 5 games at home in odd-numbered years. Hence Michigan has 5 B1G away games this year
- Every team will play every other B1G team at least once every four year period
By the numbers it seems you should be able to play every other team in a three year period (7x7 = 49 cross division matchups and roughly 7 x 3 = 21 cross division games each year). So does anyone have any insight into why we would play Wisconsin four years in a row? And what do you all think about whether it’s an advantage or disadvantage to have them on our schedule. Ohio State for instance only plays them once in that span (last year) but plays Nebraska all four years.