#4 Ohio State Buckeyes Week 6 Opponent, Maryland Football News: Big Ten Football Opponent Rotation Announced for 2024-28

By Danielle Daniels

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced league opponents for the 2024-28 football seasons today using the Flex Protect XVIII Model, which was designed to accommodate an 18-team conference beginning with the 2024 season.

The Big Ten will continue to play a nine-game league schedule and protect 12 annual matchups, which includes Maryland-Rutgers.

Primary objectives of the Flex Protect XVIII Model, which incorporated extensive feedback from schools, athletic directors, and coaches, are to:

  • Ensure all 18 schools play each Big Ten Conference opponent at least twice – one home and one road – in a five-year cycle.
  • Balance travel each year by distance, regions of the conference and time zones
  • Allow for flexibility as postseason formats evolve with the goal of creating the best pathway for member schools to access the expanded College Football Playoff.

The 2024 season will conclude with the annual Big Ten Football Championship Game, which will feature the top two teams in the overall conference standings at the end of the regular season, with the winner earning the Big Ten Championship. Tiebreaking procedures will be announced later.

Below are Maryland’s home and away opponents for 2024-28. All game dates and times will be announced at a later date.

Home: Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Rutgers, USC
Away: Indiana, Minnesota, Oregon, Penn State

Home: Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Washington
Away: Illinois, Michigan State, Rutgers, UCLA, Wisconsin

Home: Illinois, Penn State, Rutgers, UCLA, Wisconsin
Away: Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, USC

Home: Minnesota, Oregon, Purdue, USC
Away: Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State, Rutgers, Washington

Home: Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers, Washington
Away: Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, UCLA