Thursday afternoon the Big Ten office revealed the full slate of conference opponents for each team. Of course, everyone knew that there would be 13 games against teams from the rest of the conference. However, this season marks the first time the league will institute a 20-game league schedule.
Wisconsin and the other 13 teams in the conference will play two more games and thus give a more even competition level to the league following it’s expansion to 14 teams nearly five years ago.
So, what will the Badgers face in their first 20-game B1G schedule? Well, one has to believe the luck of the draw was with Wisconsin on this one.
The schedule breaks down like this:
Home: Michigan State, Purdue, Rutgers
Away: Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio State
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State
One could argue that only getting one shot at Michigan State, Purdue and Ohio State isn’t all that fun, but getting two of those three at home certainly will be helpful for a team looking to rebound from a nightmare 2017-18 season.
Indiana and Nebraska away are intriguing games given what is happening at those two programs. Archie Miller could be bringing back Indiana basketball after a transition year, while Tim Miles’ crew could be really tough at home as always.
Home and away games with the likes of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota will be the meat of the Big Ten schedule for the Badgers and really for the conference. How those games shake out will shape a lot of the narratives about where teams slot in during league play.
Now it’s just a matter of how these schedules will actually play out in terms of when they will be played. Those dates, times and TV information will come out at a later date this summer.