Big 10 Football to Play 9 Game Conference Schedule starting in 2017

Big Ten football announced today that the conference will move to a nine-game Big Ten schedule beginning in 2017.

“Today’s announcement is another significant step for the Big Ten,” Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said. “Nothing beats two conference teams getting after one another on Saturdays, and I know our fans will embrace the additional Big Ten matchup.”

Only one team in history (the 1983 Illinois Fighting Illini Rose Bowl team) has gone 9-0 in conference. In those days, the league had 10 teams and played every other team once every year. That team will go down as the only squad ever to defeat all other league teams in nine games.

But we’ll see in ’17 if anyone can go 9-0 with 11 other teams in the conference. Here’s how it breaks down:

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