Big Ten releases future conference slates

The Big Ten released the conference's 2015 and 2016 slates. Northwestern is set for numerous intriguing matchups.

The Big Ten released its conference football schedules for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Northwestern's slate is highlighted by games with Michigan and Nebraska each season.

Northwestern is set for games with Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue. NU misses Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin each season.

NU will end its 2015 and 2016 campaigns with its cross-division rival, Illinois. The Fighting Illini are set as the home team in 2015, while the Wildcats will host in 2016. An off-campus site appears possible for future games between the two in-state rivals, as each school's athletic director suggested last week.

Listed below is Northwestern's Big Ten schedule for each season.

2015 Conference Schedule:

Oct. 3: at Iowa
Oct. 10: Oct 10
Oct. 17: at Nebraska
Oct 24: Bye
Oct. 31: Purdue
Nov. 7: at Indiana
Nov. 14: Michigan
Nov. 21: Michigan State
Nov. 28: at Illinois

2016 Conference Schedule:

Oct. 1: Nebraska
Oct 8: at Purdue
Oct 15: at Michigan
Oct. 22 Iowa
Oct. 29 at Minnesota
Nov. 5: Bye
Nov. 12: Indiana
Nov. 19: at Michigan State
Nov. 26: Illinois

Big Ten 2015 Schedule:
Big Ten 2016 Schedule:

Chris Emma has covered college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports since 2009. He covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs.
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