Big Ten football schedules will start to look a bit different, starting with the 2022 season.
According to multiple reports, the conference is rotating the annual divisional crossover games that each team will have from 2022-2027.
The last change came for the 2016-2021 seasons. Those were designed to make for competitive series.
The new match-ups were drawn randomly, according to The Athletic.
The 2022-2025 schedules, with dates, are available over at the Big Ten. The conference released that document today.
Here is what the current and updated Big Ten crossover match-ups will look like.
|Program:||2016-21 Opponent:||2022-27 Opponent|
More on the even longer-term view on scheduling for the Big Ten, form The Athletic:
League officials have arranged future rotations over a 36-year time frame so every team in each division plays each other 16 times, except for Indiana and Purdue, which meet 36 times. The Hoosiers and Boilermakers will face each cross-divisional opponent 12 times over 36 years.
The nine-game conference schedule has potentially hurt the Big Ten a bit when it comes to the College Football Playoff. Last season, the league was left out along with the Pac-12, while the SEC landed two programs.
The SEC, along with the ACC, still plays an eight game conference schedule, with one permanent and one rotating divisional crossover opponent.
The Big Ten does have the advantage of a more cohesive league schedule, where teams play everyone from the other division relatively often. In the ACC and SEC, we’ll only get a Florida State-Virginia Tech game, like the one that will open the season next Monday, every six years, and those teams will only play in each stadium every 12 years.
As of now, there is definitely no perfect solution when it comes to figuring out a conference slate within the 12 game schedule that exists in college football.