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Breaking Down The Big Ten's Toughest Tests Ahead of the 2020 Season

Peter Snyder

Posted on May 11, 2020 17:24

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The Big Ten. Gritty, tough, hard-nose football. Since 1896, the Big Ten has provided some of the best college football the nation has to offer. 41 National Champions have come out of this conference and this year may very well result in number 42. (Note to Editor: The Piece would not allow me to publish any pictures.)

With the 2020 college football season swiftly approaching, I thought it would be a fun idea to look at the toughest match-ups for every Big Ten school during the regular season. These are the types of games that, if won, can turn a good team into something great.

Illinois

2019 Record: 6-7

Toughest match-up of 2020? 11/21 vs Ohio State

Why is it a hard match-up? Ohio State is one of, if not the best, teams in the country and will bring too much offensive firepower to Urbana for Illinois to be able to handle.

Indiana

2019 Record: 8-5

Toughest match-up of 2020? 9/4 @ Wisconsin

Why is it a hard match-up? Going to Camp Randall to open a season is a daunting task.

Iowa

2019 Record: 10-3

Toughest match-up of 2020? 10/17 @ Penn State

Why is it a hard match-up? Penn State is heading into the season as a top-10 team in the country and plays host to one of the best atmospheres in the entire nation.

Maryland

2019 Record: 3-9

Toughest match-up of 2020? 11/7 @ Michigan 

Why is it a hard match-up? Maryland was a bad team last year. I don't see that changing much this season and expect a lopsided score at the big house. 

Michigan

2019 Record: 9-4

Toughest match-up of 2020? 11/28 @ Ohio State 

Why is it a hard match-up? It's Ohio State vs Michigan. It's always the toughest game of the year. 

Michigan State

2019 Record: 7-6

Toughest match-up of 2020? 11/14 @ Penn State

Why is it a hard match-up? The Spartans went into happy valley and shocked Penn State just two years ago. The Nittany Lions are going to be hungry for revenge. 

Minnesota

2019 Record: 11-2 

Toughest match-up of 2020? 10/10 @ Wisconsin

Why is it a hard match-up? Rivalry game baby.

Nebraska 

2019 Record: 5-7 

Toughest match-up of 2020? 10/30 @ Ohio State 

Why is it a hard match-up? Last season, Nebraska lost at home to Ohio State by the score of 48-7. Now they have to go into the horseshoe? Yikes. 

Northwestern 

2019 Record: 3-9 

Toughest match-up of 2020? 11/21 @ Minnesota 

Why is it a hard match-up? Minnesota keeps getting better while Northwestern is getting worse. Recipe for disaster. 

Ohio State 

 2019 Record: 13-1 

Toughest match-up of 2020? None, they are that good. 

Penn State 

2019 Record: 11-2 

Toughest match-up of 2020? 10/24 vs Ohio State 

Why is it a hard match-up? If Penn State can find a way to win this game, they will be a CFP team. Book it. 

Purdue 

2019 Record: 4-8 

Toughest match-up of 2020? 9/12 vs Memphis 

Why is it a hard match-up? Memphis is one of the fastest teams in the country. This game has upset written all over it. 

Rutgers 

2019 Record: 2-10 

Toughest match-up of 2020? Every game, It's Rutgers.

Wisconsin

Toughest Opponent of 2020? Notre Dame.

Peter Snyder

Posted on May 11, 2020 17:24

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