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Big Ten Conference 2022 Schedule

The Big Ten East Division made a comeback in in 2021 with 3 (MSU 11-2, OSU 11-2, & Michigan 12-2) of its seven members winning 11 or more games. Of the ten FBS Conferences, eight of them have divisions (American Athletic Conference {AAC} & the Big 12 are not organized into divisions). That said, the Big Ten’s East was the only division that that had three (3) teams to win 10 plus games. Now before you say the rest of the division was weak, two (2) other teams from the East had winning records (Penn State & Maryland)! The Big Ten East was (is) the 2nd best division in all of college football, behind only the Southeastern’s West Division. With Iowa (B-10’s West Division) winning ten (10) games, the Big Ten was tied with the Southeastern & Mountain West Conferences to have four (4) teams win ten or more games!

Our focus here is the Big Ten’s Non-Conference (NC)!

On Sully’s College Football Page, we use a system of color coding to make the reading of a particular team’s strength of schedule easily recognized and understood!

The color Red is used to identify conference games, Yellow, for Power Five (P5) opponents, Green, to signify Group of Five (G5) teams, and finally, we use Light Blue for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The FCS can offer up to 63 scholarship (not more than 63, yet can offer fewer), while the Football Bowl Subdivision ( P5 & G5) must provide 85 scholarships or lose their status as an FBS program!

The link provided below will take you to the Big Ten’s 2022 schedule! Note the B-10 plays nine (9) conference games! Further, the Big Ten like the Southeaster Conference has 2 divisions, with seven (7) teams on each side, yet finally, where the B-10 & SEC part company is in the number of conference games they play, the B-10 plays 9 conference games to the SEC’s 8 games. This difference in conference games reduces the Big Ten’s NC encounters from the SEC’s 56, to their 42 NC games. The B-10’s fourteen (14) teams play 3 NC contests for a total of 42 games (14 X 3 = 42)

It should be noted, the terms P5 & G5 are not NCAA language, but rather the constructs of five conferences (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC 12, & SEC) and Notre Dame! No one is quiet sure of the origin of these terms? The use of, now common, Power Five & Group of Five, seem to have evolved over time! Suffice to say, they are not NCAA Terms!

The Big Ten Conference plays 42 Non-Conference games in 2022!

Lets begin in the B-10’s East Division by identifying their P5 opponents and putting a number to the G5 & FCS teams they will play in 2022.

From the East Division, Indiana Travels to Ohio to take on Cincinnati, (the B-10 recognizes Cincy as a P5 opponent for scheduling purposes, they were, once upon a time, in the Big East) Maryland does not play a P5 in 2022 while Michigan hosts’ UCLA on Sept. 10th. MSU heads west, to the Great State of Washington, to take on the Washington Huskies, OSU welcomes God’s Team, Notre Dame, to the Shoe, while PSU travels south to do battle, on the Plains, with Auburn, and finally, Rutgers journeys to the Baked Bean State to cook, boil, & bake Boston College. The East Division’s seven (7) members, with the exception of Maryland, each play one (1) game against a P5 opponent!

The East Division plays a G5 opponent on thirteen (13) occasions and have scheduled FCS teams on two (2) dates. For the limited purpose of this blog, we are counting Cincinnati as a P5, although, please note; they are identified as G5 (AAC member / green dot on the B-10 conference schedule page) on the conference schedule!

The East Division’s schedule breakdown is 28 NC games, 6 vs P5, 13 against G5s and 2 with FCS squads! Maryland is the only team from the East that is not playing a P5 while IU & Rutgers are the only 2 clubs that have scheduled FCS opponents!

The West Division vs P5: Wisconsin welcomes Washington State to Mad-Town, Purdue enters the Great State of New York and lines it up against “Running Back U” (Jimmy Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little, Larry Zunker to name a few) the Syracuse Orange , Northwestern stays home and gets it on in the Academic Bowl vs Duke. Nebraska entertains long-tine Big Eight & Big 12 rival, Oklahoma, Minnesota stays in the North Star State and kicks it off vs a PAC 12 representative, Colorado, Iowa engages in its annual battle, with in-state rival, Iowa State, in Iowa City (it’s all about Iowa), and finally, Illinois, welcomes the descendants Jamestown (UVA) to the Land of Lincoln! The West plays seven (7) P5 teams, with every member playing one Power Five program!

The West Division plays seven (7) Group of Five opponents and seven (7) FCS teams!

The West Division’s schedule breakdown is 21 NC games, and has perfect symmetry, seven (7) games vs P5, seven (7) against G5s and seven (7) with FCS squads! I do not remember seeing an NC schedule breakdown with this type on balance in the years (2009 to present) that I have entered games!

The Big Ten, as a whole, play 13 P5 opponents; eight (8) of the thirteen (13) will be played in B-10 stadiums. the remaining Five (5) will be played as true road games; one (1) in an AAC Arena (Remember, the B-10 & SEC will count some teams that are housed in G5 Conferences … as P5 opponents for scheduling purposes), one (1) in an Southeastern Conference, one (1) in a PAC 12 House, & two (2) in ACC realms)!

The Big Ten Conference plays 9 league games and 3 Non-Conference (NC) games to reach their allotted regular season 12 game total. As a result, the conference has to schedules 42 NC games (14 teams X 3 = 42) to reach their their conference total of 168 games (126 conference games + 42 NC tilts = 168 total battles in the Big Ten Conference).

The B-10 plays 20 G5 and 9 FCS all @ home, except for Maryland, who plays @ UNC Charlotte, in North Carolina, on Sept. 10! Please note; if you go to SCFP site, the B-10 page will show 21 green dots (signifying a Group of Five opponent) while the B-10 counts Cincinnati as a Power Five (P5) for scheduling purposes only, we do not count Cincy as a P5! On SCFP , we count only BYU & Army as P5 equivalents (ND has always been part of the P5 numbers). So, on SCFP page, you will see 12 yellow dots (signifying a P5 opponent) on the Big Ten Conference Page (not 13 as reported here) and 21 green dots (signifying G5 opposition) not 20! Sorry for the confusion!!

The 2022 Big Ten Non-Conference season looks like this, 42 NC games, 36 are home contests while 6 are road battles!

And as always … enjoy the games!

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