The Big Ten Conference only plays eight conference games every year. This gives all 11 teams four out-of-conference games. Most of the conference picks up Notre Dame as one extra game. The other three games are usually Mid American Conference or FCS opponents.
This year, several Big Ten teams went outside their geographical region to find opponents. Other teams did not take any chances and scheduled "weaker" opponents.
With the Big Ten season starting on Saturday, here is a look at each team's schedule and how they rank. The rankings of each opponent are based on Week 4 Rankings.
The Big Ten schedules were ranked based on a point system. Here is how the points break down:
+1 = neutral site game
+2 = away game
+3 = major conference opponent
+4 = ranked Big Ten opponent
+5 = ranked non-Big Ten opponent
-1 = FCS games
The only time an opinion was needed was when there was a tie.