Which teams have most favorable crossover foes? Least favorable?

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Which teams have most favorable crossover foes? Least favorable?

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart has spent the last few days analyzing Big Ten schedules, looking at teams’ best chance to card an upset, toughest non-conference game and toughest conference game.

Today, I’m laying out each team’s 2016 crossover foes, to see which teams have the easiest and toughest draws.

This season, with the addition of a ninth Big Ten game, there will be three crossover games, compared to two previously, and all Big Ten East teams play two of them at home; the Big Ten West will get two home crossovers in 2017.

Here’s a look at 2016 crossovers:

Illinois (2015 overall record; Big Ten record)
at Rutgers (4-8; 1-7)
at Michigan (10-3; 6-2)
vs. Michigan State (12-2; 7-1)
Overall: 26-13 (.667); 14-10 (.583)

Indiana
vs. Nebraska (6-7, 3-5)
at Northwestern (10-3; 6-2)
vs. Purdue (2-10; 1-7)
Overall: 18-20 (.474); 10-14 (.417)

Iowa
at Rutgers (4-8; 1-7)
at Penn State (7-6; 4-4)
vs. Michigan (10-3; 6-2)
Overall: 21-17 (.553); 11-13 (.458)

Maryland
vs. Purdue (2-10; 1-7)
vs. Minnesota (6-7; 2-6)
at Nebraska (6-7, 3-5)
Overall: 14-24 (.368); 6-18 (.250)

Michigan
vs. Wisconsin (10-3; 6-2)
vs. Illinois (5-7; 2-6)
at Iowa (12-2; 8-0)
Overall: 27-12 (.692); 16-8 (.667)

Michigan State
vs. Wisconsin (10-3; 6-2)
vs. Northwestern (10-3; 6-2)
at Illinois (5-7; 2-6)
Overall: 25-13 (.658); 14-10 (.583)

Minnesota
at Penn State (7-6; 4-4)
at Maryland (3-9; 1-7)
vs. Rutgers (4-8; 1-7)
Overall: 14-23 (.378); 6-18 (.250)

Nebraska
at Indiana (6-7; 2-6)
at Ohio State (12-1; 7-1)
vs. Maryland (3-9; 1-7)
Overall: 21-17 (.553); 10-14 (.417)

Northwestern
at Michigan State (12-2; 7-1)
vs. Indiana (6-7; 2-6)
at Ohio State (12-1; 7-1)
Overall: 30-10 (.750); 16-8 (.667)

Ohio State
at Wisconsin (10-3; 6-2)
vs. Northwestern (10-3; 6-2)
vs. Nebraska (6-7, 3-5)
Overall: 26-13 (.667); 15-9 (.625)

Penn State
vs. Minnesota (6-7; 2-6)
at Purdue (2-10; 1-7)
vs. Iowa (12-2; 8-0)
Overall: 20-19 (.513); 11-13 (.458)

Purdue
at Maryland (3-9; 1-7)
vs. Penn State (7-6; 4-4)
at Indiana (6-7; 2-6)
Overall: 16-22 (.421); 7-17 (.292)

Rutgers
vs. Iowa (12-2; 8-0)
vs. Illinois (5-7; 2-6)
at Minnesota (6-7; 2-6)
Overall: 23-16 (.590); 12-12 (.500)

Wisconsin
at Michigan State (12-2; 7-1)
at Michigan (10-3; 6-2)
vs. Ohio State (12-1; 7-1)
Overall: 34-6 (.850); 20-4 (.833)

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Top 5 toughest crossovers, using 2015 Big Ten records
1. Wisconsin: 34-6 (.850); 20-4 (.833)
2. Northwestern: 30-10 (.750); 16-8 (.667)
3. Michigan: 27-12 (.692); 16-8 (.667)
4. Ohio State: 26-13 (.667); 15-9 (.625)
T-5. Illinois: 26-13 (.667); 14-10 (.583)
T-5. Michigan State: 25-13 (.658); 14-10 (.583)

Top 5 easiest crossovers, using 2015 Big Ten records
1. Maryland: 14-24 (.368); 6-18 (.250)
2. Minnesota: 14-23 (.378); 6-18 (.250)
3. Purdue: 16-22 (.421); 7-17 (.292)
T-4. Indiana: 18-20 (.474); 10-14 (.417)
T-4. Nebraska: 21-17 (.553); 10-14 (.417)

Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor

BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men's basketball for BTN.com. Find all of his work here. Follow him on Twitter, too (@BTNBrentYarina). Looking for BTN on TV or tablet? Bookmark our TV schedule and BTN2Go event schedule.

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