See your team's 2020, 2021 Big Ten conference schedules

See your team's 2020, 2021 Big Ten conference schedules

The Big Ten released its conference schedules for 2020 and 2021 on Tuesday afternoon.

[ MORE: Full 2020 schedule (PDF) | Full 2021 schedule (PDF) ]

The biggest thing that stands out: Multiple Week 1 Big Ten conference games, with three in 2020 and four in 2021, including Penn State at Wisconsin.

Let’s take a look at each season’s schedule, and highlight some of the interesting aspects.

2020

  • There will be three conference games the opening Saturday, Sept. 5: Indiana at Wisconsin; Northwestern at Michigan State; Purdue at Nebraska.
  • There will be Big Ten games each week except for Week 2, Sept. 12.
  • On the third Saturday, Sept. 19, Iowa plays at rival Minnesota.
  • The last teams to open Big Ten play? Illinois and Maryland, which don’t play their first conference game until Oct. 3, the first day of full-blown conference play.
  • Nebraska plays at Iowa on Nov. 14. Since 2011, when the Huskers joined the Big Ten, the schools have met in the finale for the Heroes Trophy. Instead, the Hawkeyes will play host to Wisconsin in their finale, while the Cornhuskers welcome Minnesota for the final game.
  • Big Ten East teams have five conference home games; West teams have four.

2020 CROSS-DIVISION DRAWS

Illinois
At Rutgers
At Indiana
Ohio State

Indiana
At Wisconsin
Illinois
Purdue

Iowa
Michigan State
At Ohio State
At Penn State

Maryland
Minnesota
At Northwestern
Wisconsin

Michigan
Wisconsin
At Minnesota
Purdue

Michigan State
Northwestern
At Iowa
Minnesota

Minnesota
At Maryland
Michigan
At Michigan State

Nebraska
At Rutgers
At Ohio State
Penn State

Northwestern
At Michigan State
At Penn State
Maryland

Ohio State
Iowa
Nebraska
At Illinois

Penn State
Northwestern
Iowa
At Nebraska

Purdue
Rutgers
At Michigan
At Indiana

Rutgers
Illinois
At Purdue
Nebraska

Wisconsin
Indiana
At Michigan
At Maryland

Top cross-division matchups
Sept. 26: Wisconsin at Michigan
Oct. 3: Michigan State at Iowa
Oct. 10: Iowa at Ohio State
Oct. 17: Iowa at Penn State
Oct. 31: Nebraska at Ohio State
Nov. 7: Penn State at Nebraska

No school appears to have a more daunting draw than Iowa.

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2021

  • The Big Ten will play four conference games in the opening week, Sept. 4: Indiana at Iowa; Michigan State at Northwestern; Ohio State at Minnesota; Penn State at Wisconsin.
  • Like 2020, there will be no Big Ten games the second week, Sept. 11. But there will be conference games each week of the season after that.
  • The last teams to open Big Ten play? Michigan, Rutgers, Purdue and Nebraska, which don’t play their first conference game until Sept. 25.
  • Full-blown Big Ten action begins Oct. 2.
  • Once again, Nebraska at Iowa won’t meet in the finale. Instead, the Huskers will finish at Minnesota; the Hawkeyes will play at Wisconsin.
  • Big Ten West teams have five conference home games; East teams have four.

2021 CROSS-DIVISION DRAWS

Illinois
Maryland
At Penn State
Rutgers

Indiana
At Iowa
Minnesota
At Purdue

Iowa
Indiana
Penn State
At Maryland

Maryland
At Illinois
Iowa
At Minnesota

Michigan
At Wisconsin
At Nebraska
Northwestern

Michigan State
At Northwestern
Nebraska
At Purdue

Minnesota
Ohio State
Maryland
At Indiana

Nebraska
At Michigan State
Ohio State
Michigan

Northwestern
Michigan State
At Michigan
Rutgers

Ohio State
At Minnesota
At Nebraska
Purdue

Penn State
At Wisconsin
At Iowa
Illinois

Purdue
At Ohio State
Michigan State
Indiana

Rutgers
At Illinois
Wisconsin
At Northwestern

Wisconsin
Penn State
Michigan
At Rutgers

Top cross-division matchups
Sept. 4, Penn State at Wisconsin
Sept. 25, Nebraska at Michigan State
Oct 2, Michigan at Wisconsin
Oct. 2, Ohio State at Nebraska
Oct. 9, Penn State at Iowa
Oct. 30, Michigan at Nebraska

No school appears to have a more daunting draw than Nebraska.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer

About Tom Dienhart: BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for BTN.com and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, and send him questions to his weekly mailbag.

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