Breaking Down The Big Ten’s Toughest Tests Ahead of the 2020 Season By: Peter Snyder

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The Big Ten. Gritty, Tough, Hardnose 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.

In light of the 2020 college football season vastly approaching, I thought it would be a fun idea to look at the toughest matchups 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

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2019 Record: 6-7

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 11/21 vs Ohio State

Why is it a hard matchup? 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

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2019 Record: 8-5

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 9/4 @ Wisconsin

Why is it a hard matchup? Going to Camp Randall to open a season is a daunting task.

Iowa

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2019 Record: 10-3

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 10/17 @ Penn State

Why is it a hard matchup? 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

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2019 Record: 3-9

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 11/7 @ Michigan

Why is it a hard matchup? Maryland was a BAD team last year. I don’t see that changing much this season and expect a lobsided score @ the big house.

Michigan

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2019 Record: 9-4

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 11/28 @ Ohio State

Why is it a hard matchup? It’s Ohio State vs Michigan. It’s ALWAYS the toughest game of the year.

Michigan State

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2019 Record: 7-6

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 11/14 @ Penn State

Why is it a hard matchup? 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

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2019 Record: 11-2

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 10/10 @ Wisconsin

Why is it a hard matchup? Rivalry game baby

Nebraska

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2019 Record: 5-7

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 10/30 @ Ohio State

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

Northwestern

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2019 Record: 3-9

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 11/21 @ Minnesota

Why is it a hard matchup? Minnesota keeps getting better while Norwestern is getting worse. Recipe for disaster.

Ohio State

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2019 Record: 13-1

Toughest Matchup of 2020? None, they are that good.

Penn State

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2019 Record: 11-2

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 10/24 vs Ohio State

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

Purdue

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2019 Record: 4-8

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 9/12 vs Memphis

Why is it a hard matchup? Memphis is one of the fastest teams in the country. This game has upset writtern all over it.

Rutgers

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2019 Record: 2-10

Toughest Matchup of 2020? Every game

Why is it a hard matchup? It’s Rutgers

Wisconsin

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2019 Record: 10-4

Toughest Matchup of 2020? 10/3 vs Notre Dame

Why is it a hard matchup? Notre Dame is one of the nations top tier programs year in and year out. This game is set to be played at historic Lambeau Field and will have major implications to it.

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