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Evan Marinofsky | NCAA.com | September 13, 2021

2021 Big Ten football schedule: Games, dates & matchups

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Here is the 2021 Big Ten college football schedule, which began Saturday, Aug. 28, when Illinois beat Nebraska. In Week 1, Ohio State outscored Minnesota, 45-31.

Here is the full schedule for the Big Ten.

2021 Big Ten football schedule: Dates, times, TV channels 

All times ET. Click or tap here for a live scoreboard and all final scores.

Week 3 

Friday, Sept. 17 

Saturday, Sept. 18 

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Week 4 — Saturday, Sept. 25

Week 5 

Friday, Oct. 1

  • Iowa at Maryland | 8 p.m. | FS1 

Saturday, Oct. 2

  • Minnesota at Purdue | 12 p.m. | TBA
  • Northwestern at Nebraska | 7:30 p.m. | TBA 
  • Western Kentucky at Michigan State | 7:30 p.m. | TBA
  • Charlotte at Illinois 
  • Michigan at Wisconsin 
  • Indiana at Penn State 
  • Ohio State at Rutgers 

Week 6 — Saturday, Oct. 9

  • Maryland at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | TBA 
  • Michigan State at Rutgers | 12 p.m. | TBA 
  • Wisconsin at Illinois | 3:30/4 p.m. | TBA 
  • Penn State at Iowa | TBA | Fox or FS1
  • Michigan at Nebraska  

Week 7 — Saturday, Oct. 16

  • Rutgers at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | TBA
  • Michigan State at Indiana | 12 p.m. | TBA 
  • Purdue at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | TBA 
  • Nebraska at Minnesota 
  • Army at Wisconsin 

Week 8 — Saturday, Oct. 23

  • Illinois at Penn State | 12 p.m. | TBA 
  • Maryland at Minnesota 
  • Northwestern at Michigan 
  • Wisconsin at Purdue 
  • Ohio State at Indiana 

Week 9 — Saturday, Oct. 30

  • Iowa at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | TBA 
  • Rutgers at Illinois 
  • Minnesota at Northwestern
  • Purdue at Nebraska 
  • Indiana at Maryland 
  • Michigan at Michigan State 
  • Penn State at Ohio State 

Week 10 — Saturday, Nov. 6

  • Illinois at Minnesota 
  • Iowa at Northwestern 
  • Ohio State at Nebraska 
  • Michigan State at Purdue 
  • Wisconsin at Rutgers 
  • Indiana at Michigan 
  • Penn State at Maryland 

Week 11 — Saturday, Nov. 13

  • Minnesota at Iowa 
  • Northwestern at Wisconsin 
  • Purdue at Ohio State 
  • Rutgers at Indiana 
  • Maryland at Michigan State 
  • Michigan at Penn State 

Week 12 — Saturday, Nov. 20

  • Illinois at Iowa 
  • Minnesota at Indiana 
  • Nebraska at Wisconsin
  • Purdue at Northwestern
  • Michigan at Maryland 
  • Michigan State at Ohio State 
  • Rutgers at Penn State 

Week 13 

Friday, Nov. 26

  • Iowa at Nebraska | 1:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network 

Saturday, Nov. 27

  • Ohio State at Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX 
  • Iowa at Nebraska | 1:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network 
  • Northwestern at Illinois 
  • Wisconsin at Minnesota
  • Indiana at Purdue 
  • Maryland at Rutgers
  • Penn State at Michigan State 

Week 0

Saturday, Aug. 28

Week 1 

Thursday, Sept. 2

Friday, Sept. 3 

Saturday, Sept. 4

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Week 2 — Saturday, Sept. 11

2021 Big Ten college football schedule: Team-by-team 

Illinois 

  • Aug. 28: vs. Nebraska 
  • Sept. 4: vs. UTSA 
  • Sept. 11: at Virginia 
  • Sept. 17: vs Maryland 
  • Sept. 25: at Purdue 
  • Oct. 2: vs. Charlotte 
  • Oct. 9: vs Wisconsin 
  • Oct. 23: at Penn State 
  • Oct. 30: vs. Rutgers 
  • Nov. 6: at Minnesota 
  • Nov. 20: at Iowa 
  • Nov. 27: vs. Northwestern 

Indiana 

  • Sept. 4: at No. 18 Iowa 
  • Sept. 11: vs. Idaho 
  • Sept. 18: vs Cincinnati 
  • Sept. 25: at Western Kentucky 
  • Oct. 2: at Penn State 
  • Oct. 16: vs. Michigan State 
  • Oct. 23: vs. Ohio State 
  • Oct. 30: at Maryland 
  • Nov. 6: at Michigan 
  • Nov. 13: vs Rutgers 
  • Nov. 20: vs Minnesota 
  • Nov. 27: at Purdue 

Iowa

  • Sept. 4: vs. No. 17 Indiana 
  • Sept. 11: at No. 9 Iowa State 
  • Sept. 18: vs. Kent State 
  • Sept. 25: vs. Colorado State 
  • Oct. 1: at Maryland 
  • Oct. 9: vs. Penn State 
  • Oct. 16: vs. Purdue 
  • Oct. 30: at Wisconsin 
  • Nov. 6: at Northwestern 
  • Nov. 13: vs. Minnesota 
  • Nov. 20: vs. Illinois 
  • Nov. 26: at Nebraska 

Maryland

  • Sept. 4: vs. West Virginia 
  • Sept. 11: vs. Howard 
  • Sept. 17: at Illinois 
  • Sept. 25: vs. Kent State 
  • Oct. 1: vs. Iowa 
  • Oct. 9: at Ohio State 
  • Oct. 23: at Minnesota 
  • Oct. 30: vs. Indiana 
  • Nov. 6: vs. Penn State 
  • Nov. 13: at Michigan State 
  • Nov. 20: vs. Michigan 
  • Nov. 27: at Rutgers

Michigan

  • Sept. 4: vs. Western Michigan 
  • Sept. 11: vs. Washington 
  • Sept. 18: vs. Northern Illinois 
  • Sept. 25: vs. Rutgers 
  • Oct. 2: at Wisconsin 
  • Oct. 9: at Nebraska 
  • Oct. 23: vs. Northwestern 
  • Oct. 30: at Michigan State 
  • Nov. 6: vs. Indiana 
  • Nov. 13: at Penn State 
  • Nov. 20: at Maryland 
  • Nov. 27: vs. Ohio State 

Michigan State 

  • Sept. 3: at Northwestern 
  • Sept. 11: vs. Youngstown State 
  • Sept. 18: at Miami 
  • Sept. 25: vs. Nebraska 
  • Oct. 2: vs. Western Kentucky 
  • Oct. 9: at Rutgers 
  • Oct. 16: at Indiana 
  • Oct. 30: vs. Michigan 
  • Nov. 6: at Purdue 
  • Nov. 13: vs. Maryland 
  • Nov. 20: at Ohio State 
  • Nov. 27: vs. Penn State 

Minnesota 

  • Sept. 2: vs. No. 4 Ohio State 
  • Sept. 11: vs. Miami (OH) 
  • Sept. 18: at Colorado 
  • Sept. 25: vs. Bowling Green 
  • Oct. 2: at Purdue 
  • Oct. 16: vs. Nebraska 
  • Oct. 23: vs. Maryland 
  • Oct. 30: at Northwestern 
  • Nov. 6:  vs. Illinois 
  • Nov. 13: at Iowa 
  • Nov. 20: at Indiana 
  • Nov. 27: vs. Wisconsin 

Nebraska 

  • Aug. 28: at Illinois 
  • Sept. 4: vs. Fordham 
  • Sept. 11: vs. Buffalo 
  • Sept. 18: at Oklahoma 
  • Sept. 25: at Michigan State 
  • Oct. 2: vs. Northwestern 
  • Oct. 9: vs. Michigan 
  • Oct. 16: at Minnesota 
  • Oct. 30: vs. Purdue 
  • Nov. 6: vs. Ohio State 
  • Nov. 20: at Wisconsin 
  • Nov. 26: vs. Iowa 

Northwestern 

  • Sept. 3: vs. Michigan State 
  • Sept. 11: vs. Indiana State 
  • Sept. 18: at Duke 
  • Sept. 25: vs. Ohio 
  • Oct. 2: at Nebraska 
  • Oct. 16: vs. Rutgers 
  • Oct. 23: at Michigan 
  • Oct. 30: vs. Minnesota 
  • Nov. 6: vs. Iowa 
  • Nov. 13: at Wisconsin 
  • Nov. 20: vs. Purdue 
  • Nov. 27: at Illinois 

Ohio State 

  • Sept. 2: at Minnesota 
  • Sept. 11: vs. No. 12 Oregon 
  • Sept. 18: vs. Tulsa 
  • Sept. 25: vs. Akron 
  • Oct. 2: at Rutgers 
  • Oct. 9: vs. Maryland 
  • Oct. 23: at Indiana 
  • Oct. 30: vs. Penn State 
  • Nov. 6: at Nebraska 
  • Nov. 13: vs. Purdue 
  • Nov. 20: vs. Michigan State 
  • Nov. 27: vs. Michigan 

Penn State 

  • Sept. 4: at No. 12 Wisconsin 
  • Sept. 11: vs. Ball State 
  • Sept. 18: vs. Auburn 
  • Sept. 25: vs. Villanova 
  • Oct. 2: vs. Indiana 
  • Oct. 9: at Iowa 
  • Oct. 23: vs. Illinois 
  • Oct. 30: at Ohio State 
  • Nov. 6: at Maryland 
  • Nov. 13: vs. Michigan 
  • Nov. 20: vs. Rutgers 
  • Nov. 27: at Michigan State 

Purdue 

  • Sept. 4: vs. Oregon State 
  • Sept. 11: at UConn 
  • Sept. 18: at Notre Dame 
  • Sept. 25: vs. Illinois 
  • Oct. 2: vs. Minnesota 
  • Oct. 16: at Iowa 
  • Oct. 23: vs. Wisconsin 
  • Oct. 30: at Nebraska 
  • Nov. 6: vs. Michigan State 
  • Nov. 13: at Ohio State 
  • Nov. 20: at Northwestern 
  • Nov. 27: vs. Indiana 

Rutgers 

  • Sept. 2: vs. Temple 
  • Sept. 11: at Syracuse 
  • Sept. 18: vs. Delaware 
  • Sept. 25: at Rutgers 
  • Oct. 2: vs. Ohio State 
  • Oct. 9: vs. Michigan State 
  • Oct. 16: at Northwestern 
  • Oct. 30: at Illinois 
  • Nov. 6: vs. Wisconsin 
  • Nov. 13: at Indiana 
  • Nov. 20: at Penn State 
  • Nov. 27: vs. Maryland 

Wisconsin 

  • Sept. 4: vs. No. 19 Penn State 
  • Sept. 11: vs. Eastern Michigan 
  • Sept. 25: at Notre Dame  
  • Oct. 2: vs. Michigan 
  • Oct. 9: at Illinois 
  • Oct. 16: vs. Army 
  • Oct. 23: at Purdue 
  • Oct. 30: vs. Iowa 
  • Nov. 6: at Rutgers 
  • Nov. 13: vs. Northwestern 
  • Nov. 20: vs. Nebraska 
  • Nov. 27: at Minnesota 

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