Early on Monday morning, the Big Ten announced the full slate of conference games for the 2016-17 season. Northwestern relayed that information through their official Twitter feed:
For ease of viewing, here's how the schedule shakes out.
Teams Northwestern only plays at home:
Teams Northwestern only plays on the road:
Teams Northwestern plays twice:
All in all, Northwestern can't be too upset with the way the schedule shakes out. They avoid playing either Michigan school twice and they only have to do battle with Wisconsin once. Those three teams might well top the standings at the end of the year. They play their in state rival twice (thank you, Big Ten), Big Ten bottom dwellers Rutgers twice, and Purdue twice, who they gave a decent run in Mackey Arena this past season. One more hot take, playing Penn State and Minnesota just once each might be a good thing too because I have both of them pegged as solid NIT teams next season.
It's a balanced schedule that gives Northwestern a big handful of easy games and perhaps a slightly smaller handful of gettable, resume building games. Plus Welsh-Ryan will be rocking for the Illinois game, so get ready.