Yep, no one ever said moving to the Big 10 was going to be easy and the 2011 schedule will be the definition of not easy.
Names for each Big Ten football division will be announced at a later date..
1st Division team:
2nd Division team:
You can see that Michigan and Ohio State are in opposite divisions and if this were the Big 12 that game would only take place two out of every four years in a home and home series then two years off.
But, the Big 10 will make that an annual contest and adding to an already great rivalry. The game will remain a season finale for both teams like it has been since 1943. What is interesting is that these two teams could play each other twice now with a Conference Championship game.
So while Nebraska will get to play Michigan every year the Huskers will play Penn State annually just like Michigan will play Ohio State annually. That annual game is an interesting twist to the Big 10 conference schedule for Nebraska and Penn State that will fall two weeks before the final game of the regular season.
2011 Big 10 Conference Schedule for Nebraska
Oct. 1: Nebraska @ Wisconsin
Oct. 8: Ohio State @ Nebraska
Oct. 22: Nebraska @ Minnesota
Oct. 29: Michigan State @ Nebraska
Nov. 5: Northwestern @ Nebraska
Nov. 12: Nebraska @ Penn State
Nov. 19: Nebraska @ Michigan
Nov. 26: Iowa @ Nebraska
2012 Big 10 Conference Schedule for Nebraska
Sept. 29: Wisconsin @Nebraska
Oct. 6: Nebraska @ Ohio State
Oct. 20: Nebraska @ Northwestern
Oct. 27: Michigan @ Nebraska
Nov. 3: Nebraska @ Michigan State
Nov. 10: Penn State @ Nebraska
Nov. 17: Minnesota @ Nebraska
Nov. 24: Nebraska @ Iowa
It looks like the Colorado replacement game around Thanksgiving will put Nebraska up against Iowa which is another good border war that could lead to interesting games for years to come.
What people might have to start considering is a traveling trophy between Penn State and Nebraska for their cross-divisional rivalry. While not cross divisional rivals Iowa and Minnesota play for a bronze pig, Minnesota and Michigan play for a little brown jug and Wisconsin and Minnesota play for Paul Bunyan's axe as some examples.
So sit back and get ready for this Saturday as Nebraska takes on Western Kentucky in the 2010 season opener and also start thinking a little about what life will be like in season's come.