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Updated: July 11th, 2013 1:09pm
Maryland, Rutgers on tap for 'U' in Big Ten's 2016 nine-game schedule

Maryland, Rutgers on tap for 'U' in Big Ten's 2016 nine-game schedule

The Minnesota Gophers football team is slated to face Big Ten newcomers Maryland and Rutgers for the first time in 2016 as part of the conference's reformatted nine-game conference schedules, which were released Thursday.

This will be the first time since 1984 that the Big Ten has featured a nine-game schedule. The Big Ten will expand to 14 teams when Maryland and Rutgers are officially folded into the conference in 2014.

The 2017 Big Ten schedule was also announced. It may be satisfying for the Gophers to know that Ohio State is off their schedule in both 2016 and 2017.

2016

Oct. 1 at Penn State
Oct. 8 Iowa
Oct. 15 at Maryland
Oct. 22 Rutgers
Oct. 29 at Illinois
Nov. 5 Purdue
Nov. 12 at Nebraska
Nov. 19 Northwestern
Nov. 26 at Wisconsin

2017

Sept. 30 Maryland
Oct. 7 at Purdue
Oct. 14 Michigan State
Oct. 21 Illinois
Oct. 28 at Iowa
Nov. 4 at Michigan
Nov. 11 Nebraska
Nov. 18 at Northwestern
Nov. 25 Wisconsin

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