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Michigan, Wisconsin Get Off Easy With 2015 B1G Schedule, Rutgers Crushed

Unbalanced?

Today, the Big Ten Conference announced the conference football schedule for the 2015 season - and Michigan fans must be smiling.

The 2015 schedule will consist of eight games for one last time before the Big Ten moves to a nine game schedule in 2016.

The Wolverines will start on the road to faceoff against Big Ten newcomer, Maryland. Michigan will then go back to Ann Arbor to play Northwestern, followed by Michigan State. This will be the first time Michigan State will play in the Big House since 2012. The Wolverines then travel to play Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug before returning to home to faceoff against Rutgers. The Wolverines final three games start with a two-game road stretch against Indiana and Penn State, before returning home for the Granddaddy of them all, Ohio State.

The additions of Rutgers and Maryland may have some unforeseen aspects.

Absent from Michigan’s conference slate are both Wisconsin and Nebraska—two perennial powerhouse Big Ten teams. And with Notre Dame out of the schedule, there are now three bullets the Wolverines have dodged.

Wisconsin may have gotten off even easier.

The former Managing Sports Editor for The Michigan Daily definitely had some words:

Rutgers also may want to start rethinking its decision to join the Big Ten. ESPN’s Darren Rovell tells us why: