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Big Ten Releases 2016, 2017 Football Schedules

Maryland's 2016 and 2017 conference opponents announced

Rob Carr

The Big Ten released its 2016 and 2017 football conference schedules this morning, the former of which will mark the start of the Big Ten schedule expanding from eight to nine games. Maryland now has its schedule for its first four seasons in the Big Ten, after the 2014 and 2015 schedules were announced in May and June.

Of note: the Terps will face Purdue, Northwestern, Nebraska and Minnesota for the first time in conference play in either '16 or '17, and will not play Illinois in any of their first four years.

Maryland's full schedules:

2016

Oct. 1: Purdue

Oct. 8: @ Penn State

Oct. 15: Minnesota

Oct. 22: Michigan State

Oct. 29: @ Indiana

Nov. 5: @ Michigan

Nov. 12: Ohio State

Nov. 19: @ Nebraska

Nov. 26: Rutgers

2017

Sept. 30: @ Minnesota

Oct. 7: @ Ohio State

Oct. 14: Northwestern

Oct. 21: @ Wisconsin

Oct. 28: Indiana

Nov. 4: @ Rutgers

Nov. 11: Michigan

Nov. 18: @ Michigan State

Nov. 25: Penn State


With the move to a nine-game schedule, the East and West Divisions will alternate between playing five games at home with four on the road and four at home with five on the road each season. For example, 2016 gives the Terps five home games, while 2017 only brings four.

Maryland's 2017 schedule is very similar to it's 2015 one, with the Terps hosting East Division foes Michigan, Indiana and Penn State and traveling to Rutgers, Michigan State and Ohio State in both years, giving Terps fans plenty of marquee match-ups at home or to make a road trip to.

Here are the full Big Ten 2016 and 2017 schedules:

B1g2016_medium

via www.cbssports.com

B1g2017_medium

via cbssports.com