When the Big Ten unveiled its new scheduling format for the 2024 and 2025 seasons earlier this week, which eliminates divisions and protects specific rivalries upon the impending arrival of USC and UCLA, it created a grueling dynamic: No other conference in major college football requires certain members to make true cross-country road trips like the ones the Bruins and Trojans will embark upon in their debut seasons.
UCLA and USC will each travel more than 15,000 miles roundtrip in conference play during their inaugural Big Ten season. In 2024 alone, the Bruins will travel to Rutgers, which is more than 4,800 miles roundtrip, while USC travels to Maryland and Penn State, each of which are more than 4,400 miles roundtrip.
The team who travels the most in Big Ten play behind the Southern California schools is Nebraska — and USC and UCLA are traveling over 225% more than Nebraska’s 7,022 mile roundtrip conference schedule. Purdue and Indiana travel the least in the conference next fall, and the new schools will travel 618% more miles than its conference foes.
UCLA also has trips to Hawaii and LSU booked on the 2024 schedule. So, in total, the Bruins will travel over 25,000 miles roundtrip. UCLA’s shortest conference road trip is to Iowa, which is 3,082 miles roundtrip.
This type of travel is unusual within other Power Five conferences, even with expansion. For example: The Big 12 welcomes BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF later this summer, meaning Provo, Utah, to Orlando, Florida, now becomes the furthest distance traveled between two Big 12 members. Still, it’s about 1,100 miles less roundtrip than what USC and UCLA will have to endure during conference play.
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Author : Cameron Salerno
Publish date : 2023-06-10 15:13:54
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