Big Ten football schedule 2021: Penn State and Wisconsin in Week 1, Illinois and Nebraska in Ireland

The Big Ten took a long road to having a football season in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully by the time the 2021 college football season starts, such uncertainty will be a thing of the past (we hope). The Big Ten certainly aims to make a big splash next season by kicking things off in Week 0 with a game between Illinois and Nebraska in Dublin, Ireland. That will be followed by some compelling matchups in Week 1, including Penn State at Wisconsin and a Thursday night matchup between Ohio State and Minnesota. 

Among the nonconference games, Oregon’s trip to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes in Week 2 and Auburn’s trip to Penn State in Week 3 stand out the most. 

Tradition should also be back in the fold for Big Ten teams next fall, most notably with Ohio State and Michigan returning to Thanksgiving weekend. Last year’s matchup between the two teams was called off due to COVID-19 issues. It was the first time in over 100 years that the two schools did not meet on the football field.

Though the college football season is still nearly eight months away, here’s a look at the full slate of Big Ten games during the 2021 season as released by the conference: 

Week 0

Saturday, Aug. 28Illinois vs. Nebraska (Dublin, Ireland)

Week 1

Thursday, Sept. 2 Ohio State at MinnesotaSaturday, Sept. 4 UTSA at IllinoisIndiana at IowaMichigan State at NorthwesternOregon State at PurduePenn State at WisconsinWest Virginia at MarylandWestern Michigan at MichiganTemple at Rutgers

Week 2

Saturday, Sept. 11 Illinois at VirginiaIowa at Iowa StateMiami (OH) at MinnesotaBuffalo at NebraskaIndiana State at NorthwesternPurdue at UConnEastern Michigan at WisconsinIdaho at IndianaHoward at MarylandWashington at MichiganYoungstown State at Michigan StateOregon at Ohio StateBall State at Penn StateRutgers at Syracuse

Week 3

Saturday, Sept. 18 Maryland at IllinoisKent State at Iowa Minnesota at ColoradoNebraska at OklahomaNorthwestern at DukePurdue at Notre DameCincinnati at IndianaNorthern Illinois at MichiganMichigan State at Miami (FL)Tulsa at Ohio StateAuburn at Penn StateDelaware at Rutgers

Week 4

Saturday, Sept. 25 Illinois at PurdueColorado State at IowaBowling Green at MinnesotaNebraska at Michigan StateOhio at NorthwesternNotre Dame vs. Wisconsin (Chicago)Indiana at Western KentuckyKent State at MarylandRutgers at MichiganAkron at Ohio StateVillanova at Penn State

Week 5

Saturday, Oct. 2 Charlotte at IllinoisIowa at MarylandMinnesota at PurdueNorthwestern at NebraskaMichigan at WisconsinIndiana at Penn StateWestern Kentucky at Michigan StateOhio State at Rutgers

Week 6

Saturday, Oct. 9 Wisconsin at IllinoisPenn State at IowaMichigan at NebraskaMaryland at Ohio StateMichigan State at Rutgers

Week 7

Saturday, Oct. 16 Purdue at IowaNebraska at MinnesotaRutgers at NorthwesternArmy at WisconsinMichigan State at Indiana

Week 8

Saturday, Oct. 23 Illinois at Penn StateMaryland at MinnesotaNorthwestern at MichiganWisconsin at PurdueOhio State at Indiana

Week 9

Saturday, Oct. 30 Rutgers at IllinoisIowa at WisconsinMinnesota at NorthwesternPurdue at NebraskaIndiana at MarylandMichigan at Michigan StatePenn State at Ohio State

Week 10

Saturday, Nov. 6 Illinois at MinnesotaIowa at NorthwesternOhio State at NebraskaMichigan State at PurdueWisconsin at RutgersIndiana at MichiganPenn State at Maryland

Week 11

Saturday, Nov. 13 Minnesota at IowaSoutheast Louisiana at NebraskaNorthwestern at WisconsinPurdue at Ohio StateRutgers at IndianaMaryland at Michigan StateMichigan at Penn State

Week 12

Saturday, Nov. 20 Illinois at IowaMinnesota at IndianaNebraska at WisconsinPurdue at NorthwesternMichigan at MarylandMichigan State at Ohio StateRutgers at Penn State

Week 13

Friday, Nov. 26 Iowa at NebraskaSaturday, Nov. 27 Northwestern at IllinoisWisconsin at MinnesotaIndiana at PurdueMaryland at RutgersOhio State at MichiganPenn State at Michigan State

Week 14

Saturday, Dec. 4 Big Ten Football Championship Game (Indianapolis)

Published: 2021-02-05 18:50:02

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