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Big Ten Releases 2020 and 2021 Conference Football Schedules

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HERE COMES RUTGERS!

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One thing I like about the Big Ten is that it releases its conference schedules years in advance. Until today we were out until 2019, but as of this afternoon we now have the 2020 and 2021 conference football schedules out. here they are for Purdue (CAPS = home game):

2018

Sept. 1 - NORTHWESTERN
Sept. 8 - EASTERN MICHIGAN
Sept. 15 - MISSOURI
Sept. 22 - BOSTON COLLEGE (Homecoming)
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 (Old Oaken Bucket Game)

2019

Aug. 31 - at Nevada
Sept. 7 - VANDERBILT
Sept. 14 - TCU
Sept. 28 - MINNESOTA
Oct. 5 - at Penn State
Oct. 12 - MARYLAND (Homecoming)
Oct. 19 - at Iowa
Oct. 26 - ILLINOIS
Nov. 2 - NEBRASKA
Nov. 9 - at Northwestern
Nov. 23 - at Wisconsin
Nov. 30 - INDIANA (Old Oaken Bucket Game)

2020

Sept. 5 at Nebraska
Sept. 12 - MEMPHIS
Sept. 26 - at Boston College
Oct. 10 - RUTGERS
Oct. 17 - at Illinois
Oct. 24 - at Michigan
Oct. 31 - NORTHWESTERN
Nov. 7 - at Minnesota
Nov. 14 - WISCONSIN
Nov. 21 - IOWA
Nov. 28 - at Indiana

2021

Sept. 18 - at Notre Dame
Sept. 25 ILLINOIS
Oct. 2 - MINNESOTA
Oct. 9 - at Ohio State
Oct. 16 - NEBRASKA
Oct. 30 - at Iowa
Nov. 6 - MICHIGAN STATE
Nov. 13 - at Wisconsin
Nov. 20 - at Northwestern
Nov. 27 - INDIANA

The 2018 season is nice with four straight home games, plus the next Purdue Harbor. It will also conclude our series with Missouri and start one with Boston College.

In 2019 Purdue concludes the Nevada home and home started last year and starts the home and homes with TCU and Vanderbilt. It also marks the first ever visit for Maryland to Ross-Ade Stadium. Purdue’s trip to Penn State is its first since 2013

In 2020 Purdue starts on the road at Nebraska, but comes home for a one-off game against Memphis before going to Boston College. There is also an open non-conference date here and with 6 road games already we will most likely see some delicious MACtion return to the schedule for the first time since 2018. October 10, 2020 also marks Rutgers’ first ever visit to Ross-Ade and Purdue’s first trip to Michigan since 2011.

Finally, in 2021 Notre Dame returns to the schedule, and there are two other open non-conference slots. At least one of these games will be at home, likely both to keep the 7/5 balance most Big Ten teams try to get. Purdue goes to Ohio State for the first time since 2012 and hosts Michigan State for the first time since 2014.

Finally, here are the remaining non-conference dates beyond 2021:

2022

Sept. 10 - INDIANA STATE

2023

Sept. 9 - at Virginia Tech

2024

Sept. 14 - NOTRE DAME

2025

Sept. 20 - at Notre Dame

2026

Sept. 12 - WAKE FOREST
Sept. 26 - NOTRE DAME

2027

Sept. 4 - at Notre Dame

2028

Sept. 9 - at Wake Forest
Sept. 23 - NOTRE DAME

2029

Sept. 8 - at Vanderbilt
Sept. 15 - at TCU