Unfortunately, we can’t be at Big Ten meetings this week, due to the “not having a car” issue. But fortunately, people with Twitter are there, and we recommend you give some of them a follow: @TeddyGreenstein, @ESPN_BigTen, @ScottDochterman, @Mark_Synder, @mattcharboneau, @CEmmaFox, @GoldsteinNU and probably others I’m missing. Another fortunate development: Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is there, and has apparently decided he’s the Big Ten’s new unofficial spokesperson. We’ll recap the latest news here, give you our reaction and let you know the context for what it all means.
2014 Football Schedule
The first piece of news is that the Big Ten’s 2014 football schedule will be released soon. Originally, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said it would be released on Wednesday, but the Big Ten said that’s not true.The schedule will reverse in 2015, then a new schedule will be made in 2016 when the Big Ten shifts to a nine-game league slate. The 2014 season will be the first in which the Big Ten uses its new divisions, so we already know six of Northwestern’s conference games will come against West Division teams — Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin.