Future Purdue Football Schedules: Virginia Tech, Notre Dame Dates Set

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Purdue announces a home-and-home with Virginia Tech in 2015 and 2023 and finalizes the suspected break in the Notre Dame series.

Some big, big news today concerning future Purdue football schedules. As we have suspected for awhile, the Purdue-Notre Dame game in 2014 will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium, with the Boilers getting an allotment of 10,000 tickets, which is twice the normal allotment for a game in South Bend. This was confirmed this morning by GBI:

That will be the final game until 2020 between the Boilers and the Fighting Irish, as the Shillelagh will stay in someone's possession for quite awhile. If Notre Dame wins, it means it stays in South Bend for 13 years, beating the stretch from 1985 to 1997 when Purdue lost 12 in a row.

The 2020 game will return to Ross-Ade Stadium, then go to South Bend in 2021. The teams will have another break with 2024 being played at Purdue, 2025 at ND, and 2026 at a neutral site:

That opens up the schedule quite a bit, and Virginia Tech becomes the beneficiary:

That is quite a spread for the series, but we had a 13 year gap in the home-and-home series recently wrapped with Rice, so it is not really that much. The first game, in 2015, will be at Purdue, while Purdue goes to Blacksburg in 2023.

As for other notes, the Eastern Kentucky game form 2017 has now become the 2016 opener, and the Cincinnati home game in 2016 will be played on September 10 now. Also, the Missouri home-and-home is now confirmed, with Missouri coming to Purdue in 2017 and Purdue going to Columbia in 2018.

So, your future schedules, with 2014, 2015, and 2016 set in stone:

2014:

Aug. 30: Western Michigan

Sept. 6: Central Michigan

Sept. 13: Notre Dame at Lucas Oil Stadium 7:30pm

Sept. 20: Southern Illinois

Sept. 27: Iowa

Oct. 4: at Illinois

Oct. 11: Michigan State

Oct. 18: at Minnesota

Nov. 1: at Nebraska

Nov. 8: Wisconsin

Nov. 22: Northwestern

Nov. 29: at Indiana

2015
Sept. 5 - at Marshall
Sept. 12 - INDIANA STATE
Sept. 19 - VIRGINIA
TECH
Sept. 26 - BOWLING GREEN
Oct. 3 - at Michigan State
Oct. 10 - MINNESOTA
Oct. 17 - at Wisconsin
Oct. 31 - NEBRASKA
Nov. 7 - ILLINOIS
Nov. 14 - at Northwestern
Nov. 21 - at Iowa
Nov. 28 - INDIANA

2016
Sept. 3 - EASTERN KENTUCKY
Sept. 10 - CINCINNATI
Sept. 24 - NEVADA
Oct. 1 - at Maryland
Oct. 8 - at Illinois
Oct. 15 - IOWA
Oct. 22 - at Nebraska
Oct. 29 -
PENN STATE
Nov. 5 - at Minnesota
Nov. 12 - NORTHWESTERN
Nov. 19 - WISCONSIN
Nov. 26 - at Indiana

2017
Sept. 16 - at
Missouri
Sept. 23 -
MICHIGAN
Oct. 7 -
MINNESOTA
Oct. 14 - at
Wisconsin
Oct. 21 - at
Rutgers
Oct. 28 -
NEBRASKA
Nov. 4 -
ILLINOIS
Nov. 11 - at Northwestern
Nov. 18 - at
Iowa
Nov. 25 -
INDIANA

2018
Sept. 1 - NORTHWESTERN
Sept. 15 - MISSOURI
Sept. 29 - at Nebraska
Oct. 13 - at Illinois
Oct. 20 - OHIO STATE
Oct. 27 - at Michigan State
Nov. 3 - IOWA
Nov. 10 - at Minnesota
Nov. 17 - WISCONSIN
Nov. 24 - at Indiana

2019
Aug. 31 - at
Nevada
Sept. 28 -
MINNESOTA
Oct. 5 - at Penn State
Oct. 12 -
MARYLAND
Oct. 19 - at
Iowa
Oct. 26 -
ILLINOIS
Nov. 2 -
NEBRASKA
Nov. 9 - at Northwestern
Nov. 23 - at
Wisconsin
Nov. 30 -
INDIANA

Your official open dates:

2017: two spots, most likely home games vs. MACtion or similar opponents to assure 7 home games. (No more FCS games for B1G teams after 2016)

2018: two spots, most likely home games vs. MACtion or similar opponents to assure 7 home games.

2019: two spots, most likely home games vs. MACtion or similar opponents to assure 7 home games.

2020: This is the next year of the Notre Dame home game, and Purdue would be on the rotation to have only four Big Ten home games, so there would likely be not a road game in here. that likely means two smaller conference home games.

2021: Purdue goes to Notre Dame and has five Big Ten home games, so there will likely be two MACtion-style games.

2022: We know nothing except that Purdue would rotate to four B1G home games, so expect three home non-conference games with one possibly a home game against a major conference foe, with a return game in a home-and-home not available until 2027 if Purdue is going to keep 7 home games.

2023: Purdue would have five B1G home games and goes to Virginia Tech, so expect two MACtion type home games.

2024: Notre Dame comes to Purdue, four B1G home games, and likely two other home games.

2025: Purdue goes to ND, five B1G home games, and likely two other home games.

2026: Purdue-ND at a neutral site (the moon?), four B1G home games, so almost definitely two home games otherwise.

Do we have all that? I am still not happy that Morgan Burke and Co. managed to screw up a long-running rivalry played every year since 1946, but ND has plenty of fault in this as well with their ACC commitments. Virginia Tech and Missouri are definitely good teams to play.

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