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2013 and 2014 Big Ten Football Schedules Announced

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Or more accurately, they'll be announced later today, but ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg has gotten his hands on them a little early. Six of Northwestern's eight Big Ten opponents are the same every year (5 divisional games and the protected rivalry with Illinois), so the only real news here is that NU's two other conference games will be against, gulp, Ohio State and Wisconsin. NU has had favorable schedules the past 4 years, avoiding Ohio State and Michigan in 2009 and 2010 and Penn State and Wisconsin in 2007 and 2008; so they were overdue for a tough Big Ten schedule.