Future Schedules
Page Posted
7/1/05;
Updated
9/14/17

 




Future Wildcat Football Schedules
 
The Big Ten has announced the official schedule for the 2010-'21 conference games.  Schedule speculation is listed below.

Games listed in red are not confirmed.  Dates printed in red do not yet have a confirmed date and, therefore, are not necessarily listed in the correct order. 




The most recent update to this information was made on Sept. 14, 2017

  • The Big Ten has released the conference schedules for 2020 and 2021. HTP's guesses in 2016 about NU's 2020 East Division opponents (MSU, PSU, Maryland) were totally correct. However, our speculation for 2021 (OSU, Michigan, Rutgers) was off by one team (MSU will remain on NU's schedule, essentially an unofficial protected rivalry. NU will not play OSU).
Other recent updates:

Aug. 2017:
  • NU announced a home-and-home series with Colorado, slated for 2026 - 2027.
July 2017:
  • NU confirmed that the school will host UMass in 2019. It will be the first meeting between the two teams.
  • The 2017 Friday night games appear to have reverted to Saturday games. The Big Ten had announced at the beginning of 2017 that each team would be slated for at least one Friday night game; NU was assigned two. Coach Fitz was a vocal opponent of the schedule change, and it looks like the Big Ten relented.
  • FBSchedules has learned that NU will host Akron in 2018, paying the Zips $1.2 million for the game. It will be NU's first game ever with Akron.
  • FBSchedules was also the first to report that NU will resume its series with Miami (O), hosting the RedHawks in 2022 and 2024.

Baseless speculation has been added on the B1G schedules for 2020 and 2021.



2018 Schedule
All Games Confirmed

 
A  Purdue* Sep 1
H  Duke Sep 8
H  Akron Sep 15

Michigan Sep 29

Michigan State
Oct 6

Nebraska* - HC??
Oct 13

Rutgers Oct 20

Wisconsin* - HC??
Oct 27
H
Notre Dame - HC??
Nov 3

Iowa*
Nov 10

Minnesota*
Nov 17

Illinois*
Nov 24

   

2019 Schedule
All Games Confirmed


Stanford Aug 31
H  UNLV Sep 14

Michigan State Sep 21

Wisconsin*
Sep 28

Nebraska* Oct 5

Ohio State - HC??
Oct 19

Iowa* - HC??
Oct 26

Indiana Nov 2

Purdue* Nov 9

UMass
Nov 16

Minnesota*
Nov 23

Illinois*
Nov 30
  

  2020 Schedule
B1G Games Confirmed
 
 One game will likely be
hosted at Wrigley Field (Wisc.?)

Michigan State Sep 5
H  Central Michigan Sep 12

TBA Sep 19

Penn State
Sep 26

Nebraska* - HC??
Oct 3

TBA Oct 10

Maryland  - HC??
Oct 17

Iowa* Oct 24

Purdue* Oct 31

Wisconsin* Nov 7

Minnesota* Nov 21
H
Illinois* Nov 28




  2021 Schedule
B1G Games Confirmed
 
 
 
Michigan State Sep 4
A  Duke Sep 18
H  Ohio U. Sep 25
H
Iowa*
Oct 2

Nebraska* Oct 9

TBA Oct 16

Minnesota* - HC??
Oct 23

Wisconsin* Oct 30

Michigan Nov 6

Rutgers Nov 13

Purdue Nov 20

Illinois Nov 27

  2022:
Duke @ NU, Sep 10
Miami (O) @ NU, Sep 17


2023:
@ Duke, Sep 9

2024:
(Non-conf. complete)
Duke @ NU, Sep 7
Rice @ NU, Sep 14
Miami (O) @ NU, Sep 21


2025:
@ Rice, Sep 20?

2026:
Colorado @ NU, Sep 19

2027:
@ Colorado, Sep 11