- Nov 28, 2008
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According to an article in the Athletic, the Big10 will sit down in the coming weeks to look at adjusting the football schedules for 2021 and perhaps beyond. With the changes that had to be made in 2020, there are some traditional rivalry games that have to be adjusted or those games will end up being played in the same stadium for a third year running. Associate Commissioner Kerry Kenny says that won’t be allowed to happen. If these things aren’t changed, it could lead to some quirks like Nebraska playing at home 5 consecutive weeks. The league wants balance in the schedule. Very long article worth the read if you subscribe. One speculative scenario has the opening game against Ohio State remaining on Thursday but being played in Columbus and our traditional game with the Vadgers being put back to the final weekend. Could be other changes in the scheduling as well as the East coaches, namely James Franklin, complain that the East is too tough and things need to be balanced out. The divisional structure could be scrapped altogether and a new 8 game conference scheduled adopted with three permanent rivalry games for each team, Minnesota’s would be Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska. If the league wants to keep 9 games they could find some way to assign that 9th game based on standings much like they did this year. Worth the read but sounds like the schedule is definitely changing over the next month or so.