Welcome to Big Ten Football Online
Big Ten Football Online is a fan site dedicated to collecting Big Ten Conference Football facts and information. We are not affiliated with the Big Ten Conference, but we are huge fans. The official website of the Big Ten Conference is BigTen.org.
The Big Ten Conference was founded on January 11, 1895 and is the oldest Division I NCAA college athletic conference. There are currently twelve member universities from across the Midwest that compete in the Big Ten Conference.
Past Big Ten Football Schedules
2008 Big Ten Football Schedule Grid
2009 Big Ten Football Schedule Grid
2010 Big Ten Football Schedule Grid
2011 Big Ten Football Schedule Grid
2012 Big Ten Football Schedule Grid
Big Ten Conference Football Divisions
The Big Ten Conference is currently divided into two divisions, although this will change on July 1, 2014 when the Big Ten welcomes the University of Maryland and Rutgers University.
Big Ten Legends Division
University of Iowa Hawkeyes
University of Michigan Wolverines
Michigan State University Spartans
University of Minnesota Golden Gophers
University of Nebraska Cornhuskers
Northwestern University Wildcats
Big Ten Leaders Division
University of Illinois Fighting Illini
Indiana University Hoosiers
Ohio State University Buckeyes
Penn State University Nittany Lions
Purdue University Boilermakers
University of Wisconsin Badgers
Big Ten Football Championship Game
The Big Ten Football Championship Game is held every year to determine which team receives the automatic bid to play in the Rose Bowl. The game features the champion from the Big Ten Leaders Division versus the champion from the Big Ten Legends Division. The inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game was played on December 3, 2011 between the Michigan State Spartans and the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Permanent Inter-divisional Rival
Legends Division-Leaders Division
Under the current divisional format, each Big Ten school plays a total of eight Big Ten conference football games, consisting of the five other teams in its division, two schools from the other division on a rotating basis, and one school that is its inter-division rival. The Big Ten instituted this policy to try and keep some of the long standing football rivalries intact.
Some of the longest Big Ten Football rivalries include:
Minnesota-Wisconsin since 1890
Indiana-Purdue since 1891
Iowa-Minnesota since 1891
Illinois-Northwestern since 1892
Iowa-Wisconsin since 1894
Michigan-Ohio State 1897
Michigan-Michigan State since 1898
Michigan-Minnesota since 1903
New Members of the Big Ten Conference
In 2014, the Big Ten Conference will officially add two new members to its ranks. Joining the conference on July 1, 2014 will be the University of Maryland and Rutgers University.
New Big Ten Division Realignment
Other changes coming in 2014 include a new divisional structure. Under the new Big Ten Football Division plan, all Big Ten schools located in the Central Time Zone and Purdue University will compete in the West Division. The schools in the Eastern Time Zone will be in the East Division.
The only protected inter-divisional matchup will be the Indiana- Purdue game. Also, the Big Ten approved a nine game conference football schedule beginning in 2016. To keep everything even, the East Division schools will have five home conference games in even numbered years and the West Division schools will play five home games in odd numbered years.