CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 20: A general view as the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Illinois Fighting Illini during a game played at Wrigley Field on November 20 2010 in Chicago Illinois. Illinois defeated Northwestern 48-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Big Ten Conference Schedule: Illinois, Northwestern Learn Slate For 2015, 2016

The Big Ten has released conference schedules for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. What do the slates for Illinois and Northwestern look like?

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Northwestern Football Schedule: Northwestern Will Not See Penn State Until After 2016

With the NCAA handing down debilitating penalties to Penn State's football program -- including a $60 million fine and a four-year postseason ban -- the landscape of the Big 10 conference has fundamentally changed. The Nittany Lions are expected to be far from a powerhouse in the indefinite future, and with the Big 10's unbalanced schedules, that no doubt alters the course of the league.

The Northwestern Wildcats will visit Penn State on Oct. 6 this year, and the makeup of the Nittany Lions will be different than what it is now. After 2012, Northwestern misses Penn State through 2016, which is the latest year for which the Big 10 has announced conference opponents. Northwestern should face the Nittany Lions next in 2017 and 2018, when Penn State will be coming off of its penalties but still likely a shell of its former self.

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Northwestern Football News: Wildcats Miss Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin In 2015 And 2016

The Northwestern Wildcats' football program received some exciting news today: the team will miss perennial Big Ten powerhouses Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Given the recent upward trend the Wildcats have been on under head coach Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern may be having dreams of competing in a BCS game in a few years.

Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune broke down the conference slate in 2015 and 2016 for the Wildcats.


In 2015, Northwestern will host Minnesota, Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State and travel to Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana and Illinois.

In 2016, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana and Illinois will hit Evanston, unless the Illini game is played at a Chicago venue such as Wrigley or Soldier Field. The Wildcats will travel to Purdue, Michigan, Minnesota and Michigan State.

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Illinois Football News: Illini Learn Big Ten Slate In 2015, 2016

The Big Ten conference announced its regular season conference slate for the 2015 and 2016 seasons on Monday. Perhaps the most notable development from the perspective of local schools is the Illinois Fighting Illini renewing a rivalry with the Iowa Hawkeyes. The two schools will play in 2015 for the first time since 2008.

Illinois opens the conference slate in 2015 with trips to Penn State and Iowa. The Illini will then come home to host Wisconsin and Michigan before going to Iowa for a Halloween contest. After a bye on November 7, Illinois travels to Ohio State and then Purdue. The Illini will close out the 2015 Big Ten schedule against Northwestern on Nov. 28.

In 2016, Illini will host Penn St. on Oct. 1 and Indiana the next week, then play away games at Wisconsin and Ohio State. The Illini face Iowa at home on Oct. 29 and travel to Michigan on Nov. 5. The 2016 Big Ten conference schedule will conclude for the Illini with games against Purdue and at Northwestern.

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Big Ten Announces Conference Schedules For 2015, 2016

The Big Ten has released conference schedules for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. What do the slates for Illinois and Northwestern look like?

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