How to schedule a winter 2020 College Football Season in the Big Ten

For this exercise, I’m working under the assumption that college campuses are welcoming back students in the winter semester while remaining closed this fall. College Football will kick off the season January 2 and run through April 6. The National Championship game would be played the day after college basketball’s National Championship game. Games don’t need to be played exclusively on Saturdays and with my focus on using indoor venues in cold weather climates, we’ll need the scheduling flexibility. With Budget concerns, non-conference match-ups have been adjusted to reduce travel and buy-game check sizes.

Week 1 (January 2): 
The Dome at America’s Center (St. Louis, MO): Illinois vs. Missouri
Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI): Indiana at Wisconsin*
UNI-Dome (Cedar Falls, IA): Iowa vs. Northern Iowa
ETSU/Mountain State Health Alliance Athletic Center (Johnson City, TN):  Maryland vs. Virginia Tech
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan
US Bank Stadium (Minneapolis, MN): Minnesota vs. Northern Illinois
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Northwestern at Michigan State*
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Ohio State vs. Notre Dame 
Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY): Penn State vs. Army
UNI-Dome (Cedar Falls, IA): Purdue at Nebraska*
Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY): Rutgers vs. Syracuse

Week 2 (January 9): 
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Illinois vs. Cincinnati
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Indiana vs. Notre Dame
US Bank Stadium (Minneapolis, MN): Iowa at Minnesota*
ETSU/Mountain State Health Alliance Athletic Center (Johnson City, TN): Maryland vs. Middle Tennessee State
ETSU/Mountain State Health Alliance Athletic Center (Johnson City, TN): Michigan vs. Georgia
The Dome at America’s Center (St. Louis, MO): Nebraska vs. Western Kentucky
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Michigan State vs. West Virginia
Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI): Northwestern vs. Illinois State
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Ohio State vs. Western Michigan
Rogers Centre (Toronto, ON): Penn State vs. Pittsburgh
Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI): Purdue vs. South Dakota State
Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY): Rutgers vs. UMass
Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI): Wisconsin vs. Missouri


Week 3 (January 16):
Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI): Minnesota vs. Ohio
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Nebraska vs. Kent State
The Dome at America’s Center (St. Louis, MO): Indiana vs. Missouri
Marlins Park (Miami, FL): Michigan State vs. Miami (FL)
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Iowa vs. Northern Illinois
Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY): Northwestern at Penn State*
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Purdue vs. Ball State
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Wisconsin at Michigan*
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Rutgers at Ohio State*

Week 4 (January 23):
Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY): Illinois at Rutgers*
UNI-Dome (Cedar Falls, IA): Michigan State at Iowa *
Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY): Minnesota at Maryland*
Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI): Nebraska at Northwestern*
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Penn State at Michigan*
Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI): Wisconsin vs. Notre Dame

Week 5 (January 30):
The Dome at America’s Center (St. Louis, MO): Illinois at Nebraska*
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Iowa at Ohio State*
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Maryland at Indiana*
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Michigan at Michigan State*
Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI): Minnesota at Wisconsin*
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Rutgers at Purdue*

Week 6 (February 6):
Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY): Indiana at Rutgers*
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Iowa at Penn State*
Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI): Maryland at Northwestern*
US Bank Stadium (Minneapolis, MN): Michigan at Minnesota*
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Ohio State at Michigan State*
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN):  Purdue at Illinois*

Week 7 (February 13):
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Michigan State at Indiana*
The Dome at America’s Center (St. Louis, MO): Minnesota at Illinois*
Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY): Nebraska at Rutgers*
UNI-Dome (Cedar Falls, IA): Northwestern at Iowa*
Rogers Centre (Toronto, ON): Ohio State at Penn State*
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Purdue at Michigan*
Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY): Wisconsin at Maryland*

Week 8 (February 20):
Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI): Illinois at Wisconsin*
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Minnesota at Michigan State*
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Nebraska at Ohio State*
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Northwestern at Purdue*
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Penn State at Indiana*
ETSU/Mountain State Health Alliance Athletic Center (Johnson City, TN): Rutgers at Maryland*

Week 9 (February 27):  
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Indiana at Ohio State*
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Iowa at Illinois*
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Maryland at Michigan*
Dakota Dome (Vermillion, SD): Penn State at Nebraska*
US Bank Stadium (Minneapolis, MN): Purdue at Minnesota*
Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI): Wisconsin at Northwestern*

Week 10 (March 6):
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Illinois at Indiana*
Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY): Michigan at Rutgers*
Rogers Centre (Toronto, ON): Michigan State at Penn State*
UNI-Dome (Cedar Falls, IA): Nebraska at Iowa*
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Northwestern vs. Bowling Green
Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY): Ohio State at Maryland*
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Wisconsin at Purdue*

Week 11 (March 13):
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Indiana at Michigan*
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Iowa at Purdue*
Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY): Maryland at Penn State*
Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI): Nebraska at Wisconsin*
US Bank Stadium (Minneapolis, MN): Northwestern at Minnesota*
The Dome at America’s Center (St. Louis, MO): Ohio State at Illinois*
Ford Field (Detroit, MI): Rutgers at Michigan State*

Week 12 (March 20): 
Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI): Illinois at Northwestern*
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Michigan at Ohio State*
Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY): Michigan State at Maryland*
Dakota Dome (Vermillion, SD): Minnesota at Nebraska*
Rogers Centre (Toronto, ON): Penn State at Rutgers*
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN): Purdue at Indiana*
UNI-Dome (Cedar Falls, IA): Wisconsin at Iowa*