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Big 10 Announces Major Football Scheduling News

Ohio State football players carrying Big Ten football signs.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after their 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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

Illinois

Rutgers

Penn State

Indiana

Purdue

Purdue

Iowa

Penn State

Rutgers

Maryland

Minnesota

Northwestern

Michigan

Wisconsin

Nebraska

Michigan State

Northwestern

Minnesota

Minnesota

Maryland

Michigan State

Nebraska

Ohio State

Michigan

Northwestern

Michigan State

Maryland

Ohio State

Nebraska

Wisconsin

Penn State

Iowa

Illinois

Purdue

Indiana

Indiana

Rutgers

Illinois

Iowa

Wisconsin

Michigan

Ohio State

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.