Big Ten Releases Nine-Game Conference Schedules for 2016 and 2017

By Jason Priestas on July 11, 2013 at 10:03a
Are you ready for nine-game B1G action?
Ohio State: 2016 Ohio State: 2017
10/1 Rutgers 9/2 @ Indiana
10/8 Indiana 9/30 @ Rutgers
10/15 @ Wisconsin 10/7 Maryland
10/22 @ Penn State 10/14 @ Nebraska
10/29 Northwestern 10/21 BYE
11/5 Nebraska 10/28 Penn State
11/12 @ Maryland 11/4 @ Iowa
11/19 @ Michigan State 11/11 Michigan State
11/26 Michigan 11/18 Illinois
    11/25 @ Michigan

The Big Ten has released the league's nine-game conference schedule for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

In 2016, the Buckeyes will get Rutgers, Indiana, Northwestern, Nebraska, and Michigan at home, while facing Wisconsin, Penn State, Maryland and Michigan State on the road. The following year, Ohio State will play Maryland, Penn State, Michigan State and Illinois at home, while traveling to face Indiana, Rutgers, Nebraska, and Michigan.

Also notable: Ohio State will open the 2017 season in Bloomington. The game will mark the first time Ohio State has faced a Big Ten opponent in the season opener since 1976 when Woody Hayes' team opened with Michigan State. This is part of a league move – similar to what the SEC has done – to move league games up into the schedule. 2017 is the first year it will be possible due to previous non-conference commitments.

Speaking of non-conference opponents, the Buckeyes will face Bowling Green (9/3), Tulsa (9/10) and at Oklahoma (9/17) in 2016. In 2017, Ohio State will play Oklahoma in the Shoe (9/16), at North Carolina (9/23) and an opponent to be named later.


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Maestro's picture

Stuff like this makes me chuckle.  With all the choas in college sports these days isn't this a bit presumptive?

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BuckeyePoetLaureate's picture

It looks like The Game is staying where it should be, right?

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BED's picture

Let's hope Delaney learned his lesson last time when his inbox was bombarded with Ohio State and scUM fans telling him to leave it alone.

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BED's picture

Conference games in week 1?  DISLIKE

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Unky Buck's picture

Is this more of an issue of moving to a 9 game schedule and having to cancel opponents and wanting to keep those dates or is it because they really want to be like the SEC in scheduling conference opponents? I'd like to think it's the former. Hopefully after a couple of seasons, this will be back to normal.

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BED's picture

I hope you're right.

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CC's picture

Buck - Why?  Assuming we don't play Michigan or a down B1G team I think it would be great.  OSU - MSU right out of the box?  Sign me up.
Sorry I'm still a little bitter about this year's schedule.  This is the worst schedule I have ever seen in my 20 years of following OSU.  It will be the first time I won't be at at least one home game (I live 350 miles from Columbus), I will be at the Cal game.

Unky Buck's picture

Just like Bed mentions in the post below, it means that we're going to have road openers and I'm definitely not a huge fan of that. And you also kind of answer your own question. We're playing Indiana. When have they ever not been a down team in the last 20 some years? So if it's a matchup worth playing, I wouldn't be vehemently opposed to it, but I'd prefer to just play the 3 OOC games early on and take care of the B1G schedule later.
And the schedule being bad this year isn't because we don't have an early season B1G matchup. These are sort of separate instances. I know you're just saying you're bitter, but you are correlating the 2 of them and making it seem like because of this crappy schedule, you'd prefer one with an early season B1G game. Changing our schedule around doesn't make it any less crappy. By that point, though, we have some big time OOC games, so that shouldn't be a problem.

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SilverBulletNYC's picture

I disagree. I like that a lot. It's much better than playing Buffalo week 1.

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BED's picture

But, like that 2017 schedule, it will lead to Buckeye ROAD GAME openers.  BOOOOOOOOOO.

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Knarcisi's picture

No biggie. IU = MAC opponent that we don't have to take crap for scheduling. 

Oyster's picture

I'm glad they switched up the ttun and PSU games finally.  Having them either both home or both away in a season was a killer.  I always thought it should be mixed up, just to make the schedule a little more even keeled.

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mh277907's picture

@Penn St
Sounds like a pretty difficult schedule to me (with the exception of MD). And with no bye...


Savage45's picture

The 2017 home schedule blows!

Knarcisi's picture

We have Oklahoma in CBus that year on 9/17. 

CC's picture

I better hearing you complaining like mad this year then.
OU, PSU, MD and MSU - much better than this year!

Chief B1G Dump's picture

@ Wisco followed by @Penn St are tuff.  Then you have a trap game against pesky Nerdwestern.  Then an upper again Nebraska.  Another potential trap/snoozer against the Terps.  Then a tough @Sparty followed by a The Game.
That's what I like to see.  Get some good battle testing before we go get in a fist fight in a BCS bowl.  2016 should be pretty cool...assuming we don't add 9823149849328f9q832194823 teams in conference realignment prior to then.

hit_the_couch's picture

No Illinois in 2016? That's odd.

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BED's picture

Illini are in the West.  It's going to happen.  We get the better West teams in 2016.

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Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

All I know is that no more of Purdue's black magic for 2016/17; I'll take it!

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OSUs12-OH's picture

I agree...Purdue scares me this year to a certain extent.  I know it's been discussed to ad nauseam that @NW, @TTUN and Wiscy at home are the tough games this year.  However with Tress assistant as a HC part deux, I'm saying it may be a scare game....may be.  Dantonio sure does ok against OSU...just saying.

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CC's picture

I agree.  I took a colleague to the Purdue game a couple years ago and it was 49-0 in the 3rd.  Before the game I told him Purdue always gives us fits.
The next year I took him to the night Wiscy game which had the bomb to Devin Smith.  That made up for a 49-0 noon game.

buckeye1129's picture

In 2016 the mid-October to mid-November stretch will be a back breaker.  If we make it through those 4 or 5 games unscathed, we probably have a pretty damn good team that year.

d1145fresh's picture

I have always thought the SEC idea of early conference games was somewhat genius. If you lose a conference game early it won't have as bad as an effect as if you lose in the last three weeks of the season. Also, if you are the SEC you schedule FBS subdivision opponents in the middle of the season so you get a virtual bye that week and you can pad your "look how awesome the SEC is" because it is week 10 and you win by 50 points.

OSUStu's picture

Conference games in week 1 are fine as long as we are talking about Indiana, Maryland, and Rutgers.  I believe the "tune-up" games can be very effective at removing the early season jitters.  The problem is that this means sometimes we will also be catching a Michigan State, Wisconsin, or Nebraska at the beginning of the season.  This presents them with the opportunity to catch us at our worst.  
Of course, the Buckeyes will have the same opportunity.  But these are teams I believe we should regularly beat when we are further into the season and full steam ahead.

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BucksfanXC's picture

Looks like I'll be making a trek to Rutgers for my Bday in 2017!

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Bucks's picture

'16 looks a bit rough but I would guess that by that time, you might as well consider @PSU a bye. '17 is well ... ha.

AJW_16's picture

Prediction: the 2017 IU game will be switched to the Thursday before 9/2 and it will be the first game for the Indiana coach. In a rare occurence, IU fans will outnumber OSU fans in Memorial Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
Ohio State will win by 4 touchdowns.

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CC's picture

I just don't see us playing on Thursdays.  The only one I remember was Marshall (maybe)?  It is such a let-down come Saturday though you do get to watch all the other games.

hetuck's picture

IIRC, OSU policy is only to play Thursday games before school starts. 

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James F's picture

I hate opening on the road.  After a long offseason of no football I'm dying to go to a game by the end of August.  No home game until mid September in 2017 kind of sucks.
Hopefully that home game with Oklahoma is a night game so Buckeye Nation can get properly hydrated beforehand. 

Michibuck's picture

Wisky and PSU, on the road back to back in 2016, and probably at night. Tough.

CC's picture

I love the night games but assuming it means we play more away night games it's a little scary.  There are some pretty intimidating B1G night venues.  PSU, Wiscy, Nebraska, MSU  Ouch.

YTOWNBUCKI's picture

I think opening up with IU in 2017 is perfect considering we play Oklahoma two weeks later.  You couldn't ask for a better situation to prepare you for a big opponent.  I'd rather do this than to play San Diego State before a big game like that.

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Moses Cleveland's picture

Ex- Ohioans living in Iowa like me are excited to see the Buckeyes finally return to Iowa City in 2017. Last time they were here was 2010.  (TP won the game in the 4th) The Bucks were supposed to be here in 2014 for Braxton's senior campaign, but Jim Delany killed our dreams.
Oh well, when you think Big 10 football you think New Jersey, right?

umbyosu's picture

To make up for the loss of one home game, I foresee the Oklahoma home game premium price to shoot up to the $100-$125 range, at a minimum. 

GoBucksOSU's picture

I like the idea of spreading out conference games. I think its better than trying to run the gauntlet after non-conference games are over.

hetuck's picture

IIRC, 2017 will be the start of the new B1G TV contract. Putting marquee teams up front is a great inducement heading into contract negotiations. 

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acBuckeye's picture

Eh, I've actually grown partial to getting all the non-conference games out of the way early, and using those games to tune up for a conference title like the B1G has done for as long as i can remember.
But i'm not exactly upset that the schedule is changing either. Something new may actually be kind of fun. But i'm not thrilled about opening the season on the road to a conference opponent. I think if we are going to open a season on the road, it should be against a top flight non-con opponent either at their place or at a neutral site.