Big Ten Football Strength of Schedule Rankings 2023

Using our 1-133 College Football Rankings for 2023: First Look, however, after we finish our Preview 2023 and know how all the teams appear, this will alter.

Use the first-look ranking and use that as the score if the game is at home. Hence, a home game for Michigan is worth 4 points if it is ranked fourth. The number of points awarded for playing the Wolverines on the road is reduced by half for away games

. Any matchup with an FCS team is worth 134 points, while neutral-site contests are scored similarly to at-home contests.
The schedule is anticipated to be more difficult the lower the score.

from the most challenging schedule to the simplest.

1. Purdue Football Schedule

Score: 382.5 The road game at Virginia Tech to go along with non-conference dates against Fresno State and Syracuse doesn’t make this a breezy start – there aren’t any sure thing layups there. Having to deal with both Ohio State and Michigan isn’t fun for a West team.

Sept 2 Fresno State
Sept 9 at Virginia Tech
Sept 16 Syracuse
Sept 23 Wisconsin
Sept 30 Illinois
Oct 7 at Iowa
Oct 14 Ohio State
Oct 28 at Nebraska
Nov 4 at Michigan
Nov 11 Minnesota
Nov 18 at Northwestern
Nov 25 Indiana

2. Minnesota Football Schedule

Score: 441.5 The Gophers have to go to North Carolina, but Louisiana and Eastern Michigan – while not speed bumps – helps the slate. However, having to go to Ohio State and deal with Michigan is rough, but Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan State have to come to TCF Bank.

Aug 31 Nebraska
Sept 9 Eastern Michigan
Sept 16 at North Carolina
Sept 23 at Northwestern
Sept 30 Louisiana
Oct 7 Michigan
Oct 21 at Iowa
Oct 28 Michigan State
Nov 4 Illinois
Nov 11 at Purdue
Nov 18 at Ohio State
Nov 25 Wisconsin

3. Michigan State Football Schedule

Score: 449 After last year it would be nice to get a few breaks on the schedule. Starting with four straight home games is just that, but one of them is against Washington. The Five road games in Big Ten play screw it all up, though, even with Michigan and Penn State coming to East Lansing.

Sept 2 Central Michigan
Sept 9 Richmond
Sept 16 Washington
Sept 23 Maryland
Sept 30 at Iowa
Oct 14 at Rutgers
Oct 21 Michigan
Oct 28 at Minnesota
Nov 4 Nebraska
Nov 11 at Ohio State
Nov 18 at Indiana
Nov 25 Penn State

4. Ohio State Football Schedule

Score: 456 The Buckeyes can be forgiving for playing Youngstown State and hosting WKU because of the road trip to South Bend to deal with Notre Dame. There are just four Big Ten road games – Penn State and Michigan State are at home – but going to Wisconsin and/or Michigan could screw up the season.

Sept 2 Indiana
Sept 9 Youngstown State
Sept 16 WKU
Sept 23 at Notre Dame
Oct 7 Maryland
Oct 14 at Purdue
Oct 21 Penn State
Oct 28 at Wisconsin
Nov 4 at Rutgers
Nov 11 Michigan State
Nov 18 Minnesota
Nov 25 at Michigan

5. Indiana Football Schedule

Score: 464 Welcome to 2023, Hoosiers. Enjoy that opener against Ohio State. Fortunately, playing Indiana State and Akron make the slate easier for a little bit, but six road games – including five in the Big Ten – will make this a very, very tough run.

Sept 2 Ohio State
Sept 9 Indiana State
Sept 16 at Louisville
Sept 23 Akron
Sept 30 at Maryland
Oct 14 at Michigan
Oct 21 Rutgers
Oct 28 at Penn State
Nov 4 Wisconsin
Nov 11 at Illinois
Nov 18 Michigan State
Nov 25 at Purdue

6. Northwestern Football Schedule

Score: 496 There’s no trip to Ireland to start out 2023, and there are plenty of winnable dates early on if the Wildcats are a whole bunch better. However, going to Rutgers and Duke are hardly a breeze. There’s no Ohio State or Michigan, and six of the last nine games are at home.

Sept 2 at Rutgers
Sept 9 UTEP
Sept 16 at Duke
Sept 23 Minnesota
Sept 30 Penn State
Oct 7 Howard
Oct 21 at Nebraska
Oct 28 Maryland
Nov 4 Iowa
Nov 11 at Wisconsin
Nov 18 Purdue
Nov 25 at Illinois

7. Iowa Football Schedule

Score: 518.5 It’s not bad overall – especially with the non-conference start – but the score get knocked down a bit because the date with Iowa State is over in Ames and dealing with Penn State and Wisconsin on the road is hard. However, there are just three road games after going to Happy Valley.

Sept 2 Utah State
Sept 9 at Iowa State
Sept 16 Western Michigan
Sept 23 at Penn State
Sept 30 Michigan State
Oct 7 Purdue
Oct 14 at Wisconsin
Oct 21 Minnesota
Nov 4 at Northwestern
Nov 11 Rutgers
Nov 18 Illinois
Nov 24 at Nebraska

8. Nebraska Football Schedule

Score: 522 Overall it’s a tougher slate than it looks – Northern Illinois and Louisiana Tech at home is a big help to the score. However, that’s offset by dates with Michigan and at Wisconsin. Going to Minnesota and Illinois doesn’t help.

Aug 31 at Minnesota
Sept 9 at Colorado
Sept 16 Northern Illinois
Sept 23 Louisiana Tech
Sept 30 Michigan
Oct 7 at Illinois
Oct 21 Northwestern
Oct 28 Purdue
Nov 4 at Michigan State
Nov 11 Maryland
Nov 18 at Wisconsin
Nov 24 Iowa

9. Illinois Football Schedule

Score: 526 Going to Kansas is the scariest non-conference game, and the four other road dates are at Purdue, Maryland, Minnesota, and Iowa – that’s more than manageable. So why isn’t the schedule easier? Those road games are still tests to go along with Penn State and Wisconsin at home.

Sept 2 Toledo
Sept 9 at Kansas
Sept 16 Penn State
Sept 23 Florida Atlantic
Sept 30 at Purdue
Oct 7 Nebraska
Oct 14 at Maryland
Oct 21 Wisconsin
Nov 4 at Minnesota
Nov 11 Indiana
Nov 18 at Iowa
Nov 25 Northwestern

10. Rutgers Football Schedule

Score: 537.5 Of course there are all the big guys from the East to deal with – and a trip to Wisconsin – but opening up against Northwestern, Temple, and Virginia Tech all at home should ease the way into the season. Throwing Wagner in the mix late in September is terrific.

Sept 2 Northwestern
Sept 9 Temple
Sept 16 Virginia Tech
Sept 23 at Michigan
Sept 30 Wagner
Oct 7 at Wisconsin
Oct 14 Michigan State
Oct 21 at Indiana
Nov 4 Ohio State
Nov 11 at Iowa
Nov 18 at Penn State
Nov 25 Maryland

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Faqs:-Q. Who has the easiest schedule in college football 2023?

A. According to this method, the South Carolina Gamecocks have the toughest 2023 football schedule, while the Ohio Bobcats have the easiest 2023 schedule.

Q. Who is soon to be Big 10 teams?

A. USC will join the Big Ten Conference in 2024. news! UCLA is joining the Big Ten Conference at the start of the 2024-25 season! This move comes on the heels of Oklahoma and Texas announcing their departure for the SEC last season.

Q. What are the new Big 10 teams for 2024?

A. In a surprising and seismic shift in college athletics, the Big Ten voted Thursday to add Southern California and UCLA as conference members beginning in 2024.

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