After a tumultuous offseason and a back-and-forth between university administrators over whether or not to play college football in the Big Ten this year, the 2020 schedule has finally been released.

Highlights include a week two clash between Ohio State and Penn State on Halloween in Happy Valley, a November 28 grudge match between Minnesota and Wisconsin that could decide the Big Ten West, and “The Game” between Michigan and Ohio State in Columbus Dec. 12, a chance for the Wolverines to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Here is a ranking of the toughest schedules, team-by-team, for 2020:

1. Nebraska- The schedule is loaded on the front end, with trips to Ohio State and Northwestern sandwiched by a home game against Wisconsin. Scott Frost lobbied to play, and now he’s got his wish. Can the Huskers toughen up and slog their way into contention against this murderer’s row of a schedule?

Oct. 24- @Ohio State

Oct. 31- Wisconsin

Nov. 7- @Northwestern

Nov. 14- Penn State

Nov. 21- Illinois

Nov. 28- @Iowa

Dec. 5- @Purdue

Dec. 12- Minnesota

2. Indiana- The Hoosiers seem trapped in the middle to lower-tier of the Big Ten East, and odds are they’re not going anywhere soon with a schedule like this one.

Oct. 24- Penn State

Oct. 31- @Rutgers

Nov. 7- Michigan

Nov. 14- @Michigan State

Nov. 21- @Ohio State

Nov. 28- Maryland

Dec. 5- @Wisconsin

Dec. 12- Purdue

3. Maryland- The Terrapins are coming off of a disastrous 1-8 season and the schedule doesn’t do them any favors, with tough games against Penn State, Ohio State, Minnesota and Michigan on the 2020 docket.

Oct. 24- @Northwestern

Oct. 31- vs. Minnesota

Nov. 7- @ Penn State

Nov. 14- Ohio State

Nov. 21- Michigan State

Nov. 28- @Indiana

Dec. 5- @Michigan

Dec. 12- vs. Rutgers

4. Michigan- Defensive end Kwity Paye took a jab at Ohio State when he tweeted, “They gave them boys the easiest schedule” in reference to the Buckeyes.

Michigan itself has a full plate, with games against all four of the league’s top teams last year (Michigan finished with just the sixth best overall record in a stacked conference at 9-4).

Oct. 24- @Minnesota

Oct. 31- Michigan State

Nov. 7- @Indiana

Nov. 14- Wisconsin

Nov. 21- @Rutgers

Nov. 28- Penn State

Dec. 5- Maryland

Dec. 12- @Ohio State


5. Michigan State- The Spartans and new head coach Mel Tucker have to play rival Michigan in the second week, along with difficult games against Ohio State and Penn State to close out the season.

Oct. 24- Rutgers

Oct. 31- @Michigan

Nov. 7- @Iowa

Nov. 14- Indiana

Nov. 21- @Maryland

Nov. 28- Northwestern

Dec. 5- Ohio State

Dec. 12- @Penn State


6. Illinois- The Illini play the top dogs in the Big Ten West along with Ohio State, while missing out on Michigan and Penn State.

Oct. 24- @Wisconsin

Oct. 31- Purdue

Nov. 7- Minnesota

Nov. 14- @Rutgers

Nov. 21- @Nebraska

Nov. 28- Ohio State

Dec.5- Iowa

Dec. 12- @Northwestern

7. Rutgers- The Scarlet Knights are hoping for a resurgence with Greg Schiano back on board as head coach, but the schedule is daunting.

Oct. 24- @Michigan State

Oct. 31- Indiana

Nov. 7- @Ohio State

Nov. 14- Illinois

Nov. 21- Michigan

Nov. 28- @Purdue

Dec. 5- Penn State

Dec. 12- @Maryland

8. Wisconsin- The Badgers won’t have to play Ohio State, but a title game rematch is a distinct possibility.

Oct. 24- Illinois

Oct. 31- @Nebraska

Nov. 7- Purdue

Nov. 14- @Michigan

Nov. 21- @Northwestern

Nov. 28- Minnesota

Dec.5- Indiana

Dec. 12- @Iowa

9. Penn State- James Franklin’s team is loaded and their schedule sets up nicely for a run at the title game. Challenging matchups against Ohio State and on the road at Michigan will decide their fate.

Oct. 24- @Indiana

Oct. 31- Ohio State

Nov. 7- Maryland

Nov. 14- @Nebraska

Nov. 21- Iowa

Nov. 28- @Michigan

Dec. 5- @Rutgers

Dec. 12- Michigan State

10. Iowa- The Hawkeyes dodge Ohio State this year but have tough road matchups at Minnesota and Penn State.

Oct. 24- @Purdue

Oct. 31- Northwestern

Nov. 7- Michigan State

Nov. 14- @Minnesota

Nov. 21- @Penn State

Nov. 28- Nebraska

Dec.5- @Illinois

Dec. 12- Wisconsin

11. Northwestern- The Wildcats have fallen fast from possible contenders to an afterthought.

This year’s relatively easy schedule could put them back in the Big Ten’s upper echelon, if Pat Fitzgerald can recapture some of the program’s magic from recent years.

Oct. 24- Maryland

Oct. 31- @Iowa

Nov. 7- Nebraska

Nov. 14- @Purdue

Nov. 21- Wisconsin

Nov. 28- @MSU

Dec.5- @Minnesota

Dec. 12- Illinois

12. Purdue- The Boilermakers have skill in the passing game, and the schedule could point to a better than expected season if they can upset the Badgers or Golden Gophers.

Oct. 24- Iowa

Oct. 31- @Illinois

Nov. 7- @Wisconsin

Nov. 14- Northwestern

Nov. 21- @Minnesota

Nov. 28- Rutgers

Dec.5- Northwestern

Dec. 12- @Indiana


13. Ohio State- Some have said that the Buckeyes have the easiest schedule in the league this year.

Playing the Nittany Lions in week two is no easy task, but keep in mind that they will get every team’s best shot —  unless they happen to knock out their lesser opponents in the first round (i.e. quarter), of course.

Oct. 24- vs. Nebraska

Oct. 31- @ Penn State

Nov. 7- Rutgers

Nov. 14- @Maryland

Nov. 21– Indiana

Nov. 28- @ Illinois

Dec. 5- @Michigan State

Dec. 12- Michigan


14. Minnesota- P.J. Fleck’s team should be favored in most of their games, but the opener against Michigan could be a coin flip and their November 28 showdown with Wisconsin looms large.

Oct. 24- Michigan

Oct. 31- @Maryland

Nov. 7- @Illinois

Nov. 14- Iowa

Nov. 21- Purdue

Nov. 28- @Wisconsin

Dec. 5- Northwestern

Dec. 12- @Nebraska