On Thursday, Big Ten officials announced the schedules for the 2014 Big Ten football season. The season will be the first year that the Big Ten will consists of 14 teams, with new members Maryland and Rutgers each making their debut seasons in the conference that year.
For the first two seasons, each Big Ten team will play 4 non conference games and 8 conference games, playing the six teams within their division as well as two crossover games with the other division. After that, in 2016 the Big Ten will switch to 9 game conference seasons with 3 crossover games between divisions. At the conclusion of the regular season, the winners of each division will play in the 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
With that said, here’s what the 2014 Michigan State football schedule will look like:
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After looking at the schedule, there are a few things to take note of as a follower of Michigan State.
For the first time in the history of the series, Michigan and Michigan State will play each other in Spartan Stadium in consecutive years. Both the 2013 and 2014 games will take place in East Lansing.
Michigan State’s crossover games with the West Division the first two years will be against Nebraska and Purdue.
Michigan State and Penn State will play each other on the last weekend of the 2014 regular season. The two schools met every year on the last game of the regular season from 1993-2010 before the separation of the Leaders and Legends put the series on hold. With the two schools meeting on the final weekend next year, it looks like the Spartans and Nittany Lions will once again start playing for the Land Grant Trophy.
Still no sign of a name change for the conference. I guess it’s alright though. The name hasn’t been making much sense for 20 years now. Big Fourteen doesn’t really roll of the tongue that well anyways.
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