The Boilermakers will have the fourth highest mileage traveled this year, largely on the back of their trip to Reno to face Nevada on the 30th. In fact, the Nevada trip alone will be more travel than the three lowest-traveling teams in the Big Ten. Those three, Iowa, Michigan, and Michigan State will all have less than 3,500 miles to travel this year, mostly on the backs of either an entirely-at-home OOC schedule (Michigan/MSU) or no trips too far east in conference play (Michigan State does have Rutgers, while Michigan goes Maryland.
Taking out the Nevada game, Purdue’s travel schedule in conference play puts them at 2,156 miles, only 70 miles more than Iowa’s conference travel schedule (subtracting the 200 mile round trip to Ames OOC), but third behind Illinois (who only travels 1,925 miles in conference this season). So, with the big road trip getting taken care of in week one, when theoretically the team is most capable of handling it, the road afterwards gets pretty darn smooth for the Boilermakers.
The teams with longer travel plans this season? Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s the teams on the edges of Big Ten territory. Nebraska, with games at Colorado and Maryland, Rutgers doing the full I circuit at Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana, and Minnesota with Fresno and Rutgers on the road for a total journey just over 7,000 miles for the Gophers.
The full Big Ten list is below, and the full FBS list can be found here.
Big Ten 2019 Mileage
|Michigan St||Big Ten||2526|
|Ohio St||Big Ten||3707|
|Penn St||Big Ten||4637|