Big Ten title end of the week is drawing closer, and we currently know the matchups that will happen just as the area of every one of them. Ohio State and Northwestern will fight it out for the Big Ten title in Indianapolis, however every other team in the conference additionally gets a scheduled game championship end of the week.
Here are the full set of matchups, locations and TV schedules for champions end of the week. All times eastern:
Friday, Dec. 18
- Nebraska at Rutgers, 4 p.m., Big Ten Network
- Purdue at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Saturday, Dec. 19
- Ohio State vs. Northwestern, Noon, FOX (Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis)
- Minnesota at Wisconsin, 4 p.m., Big Ten Network
- Illinois at Penn State, 5:30 p.m., FS1
- Michigan at Iowa, 7 p.m., ESPN
- Michigan State at Maryland, 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
In mid-September, when the Big Ten picked once more into a fall football season, the conference reported aims to hold a debut “championship week”. That format, which should finish Dec. 19 with the conference title game, was promoted as highlighting standoffs between programs of a similar position out of the East and West divisions, which means No. 2 versus No. 2, No. 3 versus No. 3, and ahead.
The schedule of games for championship weekend comes less than one week before kickoff. Penn State head coach James Franklin didn’t sound satisfied with the conference’s handling of the process. He initially referenced the absence of clearness on Tuesday, and afterward again pounded the subject again Wednesday.
“That’s been a challenge and I don’t think it’s right, to be honest,” Franklin said about the schedule. “What I was told a week ago is that the West teams were all gonna come to the East because this is the year to do it, and next year we’re going to have to travel…then I heard today that may be changing, which I don’t think is right.”