The world of college football is about to look a lot different this 2024 season. Conference expansion has exploded once again with the Big Ten set to add four new members from the West Coast (Oregon, UCLA, USC, and Washington), and the SEC is landing two mega programs from the Big 12 (Oklahoma and Texas). Meanwhile, the Big 12 is picking up some of the beefier leftovers from the Pac-12 and the College Football Playoff is about to expand from four teams to 12! Yes, this is going to be a college football season unlike any we have seen before.
The latest realignment changes and playoff expansion has been suggested by some to take away from the importance of the regular season. And conference expansion could once again be a blow to some storied rivalries. Fortunately in 2024, Big Ten expansion has not killed off a couple of key in-state rivalries from the Pac-12 just yet. This season will see three different SEC schools travel into a Big Ten stadium, something once only thought to be a dream for Big Ten fans ripping SEC schedules over the years.
Here is a look at the top 20 non-conference games on the Big Ten schedule this upcoming college football season.
Michigan vs. Texas (Sept. 7)
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How about this for an early-season slobber knocker in Ann Arbor? Getting two of last season’s College Football Playoff teams on the same field in Week 2 is awesome on so many levels, and it could be a potential playoff preview for later in the year. You know ESPN will be setting up College GameDay for this meeting between Michigan and Texas. The Wolverines are actually facing off with two of last year’s playoff participants. Michigan will visit Washington in one of our top five Big Ten conference games of 2024.
Wisconsin vs. Alabama (Sept. 14)
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Teams from the SEC don’t make many trips…
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Publish date : 2024-02-10 14:16:38
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