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Big Ten conference adds interdivisional games to revamped 2022 college football schedule

By on January 12, 2022 0

The Big Ten released its revised 2022 football schedule on Wednesday, adding a pair of interdivisional games and moving around other notable games — including Penn State’s matchups against Michigan and Ohio State — on the schedule.

The changes were made to accommodate adjustments that were made due to COVID-19 in 2020, when the Big Ten played a shortened eight-game all-conference schedule.

To avoid an Illinois-Penn State matchup for a third straight season, the conference will instead see Penn State play Northwestern at home on Oct. 1 and Illinois play Indiana on the road on Sept. 3.

Penn State also had its game at Michigan pushed back a week to October 15 and its home game against Ohio State pushed back four weeks to October 29.

The Nittany Lions will once again conclude the regular season at home against Michigan State on Nov. 26, rather than traveling to Rutgers as originally planned.

Ohio State saw its interdivisional home game against Wisconsin moved up seven weeks to Sept. 24 and its home game against Iowa pushed back a week to Oct. 22.

Iowa’s road game at Minnesota was moved back nearly two months to Nov. 19, and its home game against Wisconsin was pushed back a week to Nov. 12.

Wednesday’s schedule release acknowledged that other previously released schedules will be changed in the future following adjustments to the 2020 football schedule.