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Northwestern’s Big Ten schedules for 2020, 2021 released

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Northwestern is set to play Michigan State for another two years!

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Northwestern’s Big Ten football schedules for 2020 and 2021 have been released. Here’s what they look like:

2020 Northwestern Big Ten schedule

9/5 - at Michigan State

9/26 - at Penn State

10/3 - vs. Nebraska

10/17 - vs. Maryland

10/24 - at Iowa

10/31 - at Purdue

11/7 - vs. Wisconsin

11/21 - at Minnesota

11/28 - vs. Illinois

As of now, Northwestern is also set to play Central Michigan on 9/12.

2021 Northwestern Big Ten schedule

9/4 - vs. Michigan State

10/2 - vs. Iowa

10/9 - at Nebraska

10/23 - vs. Minnesota

10/30 - at Wisconsin

11/6 - at Michigan

11/13 - vs. Rutgers

11/20 - vs. Purdue

11/27 - at Illinois

No, there are no typos. Northwestern is set for an opening week home-and-home against Michigan State in 2020 and 2021. Michigan State appears to be Northwestern’s favorite Big Ten East opponent, as 2021’s game will mark the sixth consecutive season that both teams will play each other. By then, it’ll almost be a rivalry game.

Interestingly, Northwestern does not get Ohio State at all in these two seasons. Northwestern will host Maryland and Rutgers for the first time, in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Exciting stuff! Really!