Big Ten teams strengthen football schedules

The Big Ten has said that it wants schools to beef up their non-conference schedules. Well, so far, so good. Michigan is the latest school to add a marquee non-conference foe. Today, the school announced a home-and-home series with Virginia Tech in 2020 and 2021. The schools have met just one time, with the Wolverines beating the Hokies, 23-20, in the Sugar Bowl after the 2011 season.

LSU and Wisconsin reportedly are in discussions for a series and so are Penn State and Miami (Fla.)Here are some other future marquee non-conference Big Ten games announced since March.

  • Maryland: USF in 2014 (away),  2015 (home)
  • Michigan: Cincinnati 2017 (home)
  • Minnesota: TCU in 2014 (away),  2015 (home)
  • Wisconsin: USF in 2014 (home), 2017 (away); Alabama in 2015 (Arlington, Texas)

[ RELATED: Read more schedules updates in our Big Ten schedule news section. ]

Here are the major future Big Ten non-conference opponents by school from 2014 and beyond.

Illinois

  • 2014: at Washington

Indiana

  • 2014: at Missouri
  • 2015: Wake Forest (location TBA); At USF
  • 2016: Wake Forest (location TBA)

Iowa

  • 2014: at Pitt; Iowa State
  • 2015: Pitt; at Iowa State
  • 2016: Iowa State
  • 2017: at Iowa State
  • 2018: Iowa State
  • 2019: at Iowa State
  • 2020: Iowa State

Michigan

  • 2014: at Notre Dame; Utah
  • 2015: at Utah; Oregon State; BYU
  • 2016: Colorado
  • 2017: Cincinnati
  • 2018: Arkansas
  • 2019: at Arkansas
  • 2020: Virginia Tech
  • 2012: at Virginia Tech

Michigan State

  • 2014: at Oregon
  • 2015: Oregon
  • 2016: at Alabama; Notre Dame
  • 2017: Alabama; At Notre Dame
  • 2018: Notre Dame (site TBA)
  • 2019: Notre Dame (site TBA)
  • 2020: Miami (Fla.)
  • 2021: at Miami (Fla.)
  • 2022: at Boise State; Notre Dame (site TBA)
  • 2023: Boise State; Notre Dame (site TBA)
  • 2024: Notre Dame (site TBA)

Minnesota

  • 2014: at TCU
  • 2015: TCU
  • 2017: Oregon State
  • 2018: at Oregon State
  • 2021: at Colorado
  • 2022: Colorado

Nebraska

  • 2014: Miami (Fla.)
  • 2015: BYU; at Miami (Fla.)
  • 2016: Tennessee
  • 2017: at Tennessee
  • 2018: Colorado
  • 2019: at Colorado
  • 2021: at Oklahoma
  • 2022: Oklahoma
  • 2023: at Colorado
  • 2024: Colorado

Northwestern

  • 2014: Cal; At Notre Dame
  • 2015: Stanford; At Duke
  • 2016: Duke; At Stanford
  • 2017: at Duke
  • 2018: Duke (site TBA); Notre Dame (site TBA)
  • 2019: Stanford; Syracuse (site TBA)
  • 2020: at Stanford
  • 2021: Stanford
  • 2022: at Stanford

Ohio State

  • 2014: Virginia Tech; Cincinnati
  • 2015: at Virginia Tech
  • 2016: at Oklahoma
  • 2017: Oklahoma; At North Carolina
  • 2018: Cincinnati; At TCU; North Carolina
  • 2019: TCU
  • 2020: at Oregon; Boston College
  • 2021: Oregon; At Boston College
  • 2022: at Texas
  • 2023: Texas

Penn State

  • 2016: at Pitt
  • 2017: Pitt
  • 2018: at Pitt
  • 2019: Pitt
  • 2020: at Syracuse
  • 2021: Syracuse; Virginia (year and site TBA)

Purdue

  • 2014: at Notre Dame
  • 2015: Notre Dame
  • 2016: Cincinnati; At Notre Dame
  • 2017: at Missouri (TBA); Notre Dame (TBA)
  • 2018: at Notre Dame; Missouri (TBA)
  • 2019: Notre Dame
  • 2020: at Notre Dame
  • 2021: Notre Dame

Wisconsin

  • 2014: at Washington State; USF
  • 2015: Alabama (at Arlington, Texas); Washington State
  • 2016: at Virginia Tech
  • 2017: at BYU; Virginia Tech; At USF
  • 2018: at Washington; BYU
  • 2019: Washington

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Scarlet Scourge on 5/9/2013 @ 7:56pm EST Said:

You left out Rutgers, here you go:

2013: Arkansas

2014: (Still needs to find a replacement for Penn State)

2015: Kansas and (Still needs to find a replacement for Penn State)

2016: UCLA

2017: UCLA

2018: Miami (FL) and Kansas

2019: Miami (FL)

chris on 5/9/2013 @ 8:18pm EST Said:

Also Rutgers UCLA, KANSAS, and MIAMI

Reality Check on 5/10/2013 @ 2:42pm EST Said:

Anywhere , anyplace , anytime thats the Michigan model. Dantonio watch out the threat is real

•2014: at Notre Dame; Utah
•2015: at Utah; Oregon State; BYU
•2016: Colorado
•2017: Cincinnati
•2018: Arkansas
•2019: at Arkansas
•2020: Virginia Tech
•2012: at Virginia Tech