BIG TEN RELEASES 2014 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Posted 1 year ago

By John Axtell

Big Ten logoThe Big Ten Conference has released its 2014 football schedule, when the league debuts its new East-West divisional alignment and new league members Maryland and Rutgers.

Each of the 14 teams will play 8 Big Ten games…6 against the other schools in its division and 2 from the other.

Nebraska will be in the West Division along with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.

The East Division will consist of Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers. The Big Ten will go to a 9-game league schedule in 2016, adding a third team from the other division

Nebraska will have 7 home games, 3 of them Big Ten games, in 2014…including the first visits by Purdue and Rutgers.  The Huskers will open the Big Ten schedule at home against Illinois on Sept. 27, then host to West Division schools Purdue Nov. 1 and Minnesota Nov. 22.  Rutgers comes in from the East Division on Oct. 25.

Nebraska’s road games in 2014 will be at West Division foes Northwestern (Oct. 18), Wisconsin (Nov. 15) and Iowa (Friday, Nov. 28). NU will play its cross-division road game at Michigan State, traveling to East Lansing on Oct. 4.
The 2014 Big Ten Championship Game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Dec. 6.

In addition to the 2014 Big Ten schedule, Nebraska will play non-conference home games against Florida Atlantic (Aug. 30), McNeese State (Sept. 6) and Miami, Fla. (Sept. 20). In non-conference play, Nebraska will travel to Fresno State on Sept. 13.

“With the addition of two new programs to the Big Ten Conference and with a new divisional alignment, we embark on a new era of Nebraska football,” says Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst. “Accommodating the changes for the 2014 schedule was challenging for the Conference and for the member schools.

Other Schedule Notes

· Nebraska’s only other matchup with Rutgers came in the 1920 season, when Nebraska posted a 28-0 victory at the Polo Grounds in New York City.

· Purdue will make its first-ever trip to Lincoln in 2014. The teams have met just once previously (1958, West Lafayette), prior to this season’s game at Purdue.

· Nebraska will open Big Ten play each of the next two years against Illinois. In addition to the Big Ten home opener in 2014, NU will open conference play against the Fighting Illini this fall, with the matchup on Oct. 5 in Lincoln.

2014 Nebraska Schedule

Aug. 30 Florida Atlantic

Sept. 6 McNeese State

Sept. 13 at Fresno State

Sept. 20 Miami, Fla.

Sept. 27 Illinois

Oct. 4 at Michigan State

Oct. 11 BYE

Oct. 18 at Northwestern

Oct. 25 Rutgers

Nov. 1 Purdue

Nov. 8 BYE

Nov. 15 at Wisconsin

Nov. 22 Minnesota

Nov. 28 (Fri.) at Iowa

Dec. 6 Big Ten Championship Game