The Big Ten announced future conference opponents for the 2024 and 2025 football seasons on Thursday. It included a new “Flex Protect Plus Model” that eliminates divisional formats. The Big Ten will continue with a nine game league schedule that now includes 16 members with the additions of UCLA and USC.
There are eleven guaranteed annual protected matchups across the Big Ten. Rutgers is matched with Maryland, which is essentially a permanent pairing. Other schools have two or three protected matchups. Here is the full list:
Illinois-Northwestern, Illinois-Purdue, Indiana-Purdue, Iowa-Minnesota, Iowa-Nebraska, Iowa-Wisconsin, Michigan-
Michigan State, Michigan-Ohio State, Minnesota-Wisconsin, and UCLA-USC.
Each school will face three opponents in a home and home series in 2024 and 2025. In addition to Maryland, Rutgers will play Penn State and UCLA twice. These two unprotected matchups will change every two seasons. Every program plays the other 15 opponents in the Big Ten at least once over a two year period.
In regard to the two new members of the Big Ten, Rutgers will host UCLA in 2024. They will travel to UCLA in 2025 while also hosting USC.
In 2024, Rutgers will play every former East divisional opponent except Indiana. They’ll also play former West foes Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.
In 2025, Rutgers will only play former East foes Maryland, Penn State and Indiana. They’ll also face former West opponents Purdue, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Northwestern in addition to USC and UCLA.
On paper, the 2024 schedule appears more difficult. However, replacing Michigan and Ohio State with USC and Wisconsin in year three under Luke Fickell might not be much different in 2025.
Dates, kickoff times and broadcast information will be announced in the future.
Here is a full look at Rutgers 2024 and 2025 Big Ten opponents.
2024 Big Ten Opponents
Home: Penn State
Away: Michigan State
Away: Ohio State
Non-Conference: Akron, At Virginia Tech, TBD
2025 Big Ten Opponents
Away: Penn State
Non-Conference: Ohio, TBD, TBD
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