Oct. 16, 2013
The Big Ten announced the conference schedules for the 2018 and 2019 football seasons today, featuring nine-game slates for every Big Ten program. The 2018 season gets underway on Sept. 1 in advance of the Big Ten Football Championship Game on Dec. 1. The 2019 season will open on Sept. 7 and conclude with the Big Ten Football Championship Game on Dec. 7.
Beginning with the 2016 season, the Big Ten will return to a nine-game conference schedule for all teams for the first time since the 1983 and 1984 seasons. Teams from the East Division will host five conference home games during even-numbered years, while teams from the West Division will host five conference home games during odd-numbered years. As a result of the nine-game conference schedule and the Big Ten's schedule rotation, every student-athlete will have the opportunity to play against every other team in the conference at least once during a four-year period.
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. The cross-division games will include one protected matchup on an annual basis between Indiana and Purdue.
The 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and televised by FOX. The winner of the title game will earn the Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in either the Rose Bowl Game or Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game.
Minnesota 2018 Big Ten Schedule
Sept. 29 at Maryland
Oct. 6 vs. Iowa
Oct. 13 at Ohio State
Oct. 20 at Nebraska
Oct. 27 vs. Indiana
Nov. 3 at Illinois
Nov. 10 vs. Purdue
Nov. 17 vs. Northwestern
Nov. 24 at Wisconsin
Minnesota 2019 Big Ten Schedule
Sept. 29 at Purdue
Oct. 5 vs. Illinois
Oct. 12 vs. Nebraska
Oct. 19 at Rutgers
Oct. 26 vs. Maryland
Nov. 9 vs. Penn State
Nov. 16 at Iowa
Nov. 23 at Northwestern
Nov. 30 vs. Wisconsin
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Taking A Look At TCF Bank Stadium Records
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