By Brendan Stiles
The Big Ten has not made an official announcement, but single plays have been determined for conference play during the 2013-14 season.
Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery, who was in Chicago for the Big Ten’s spring meetings this week, told the Cedar Rapids Gazette’s Scott Dochterman on Tuesday the Hawkeyes’ single plays would consist of home games against Nebraska and Purdue and road contests at Indiana and Penn State. Last season, Iowa went a combined 4-4 against these four opponents.
From there, other Big Ten schools’ single plays began to leak via Twitter — either by teams’ beat writers or the teams themselves. Single plays used to span over two seasons so teams played everyone home and road at least once over a two-year span. With Maryland and Rutgers joining the Big Ten in 2014, these single plays are for the 2013-14 season only.
Below is a list of all 12 teams’ single plays for the 2013-14 season (Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin have all officially announced single plays. Media outlets covering Indiana and Michigan have confirmed both teams’ single plays. Process of elimination was used to determine the remaining three — Michigan State, Minnesota and Penn State):
Iowa: Home – Nebraska, Purdue; Away – Indiana, Penn State
Illinois: Home – Michigan, Purdue; Away – Minnesota, Northwestern
Indiana: Home - Iowa, Ohio State; Away - Minnesota, Purdue
Michigan: Home - Northwestern, Penn State; Away - Illinois, Ohio State
Michigan State: Home - Minnesota, Nebraska; Away - Purdue, Wisconsin
Minnesota: Home - Illinois, Indiana; Away - Michigan State, Nebraska
Nebraska: Home - Minnesota, Wisconsin; Away - Iowa, Michigan State
Northwestern: Home - Illinois, Penn State; Away - Michigan Ohio State
Ohio State: Home - Michigan, Northwestern; Away - Indiana, Wisconsin
Penn State: Home - Iowa, Wisconsin; Away - Michigan, Northwestern
Purdue: Home - Indiana, Michigan State; Away - Illinois, Iowa
Wisconsin: Home - Michigan State, Ohio State; Away - Nebraska, Penn State