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Big Ten Champions Week final projections: Rutgers’ 2 potential matchups after Maryland win; rivalry games re- – nj.com

The Big Ten’s mystery week is nearly right here.

The convention will wrap up its eight-recreation scheduled common season on Saturday — Rutgers has finished its slate with an emotional 27-24 overtime win at Maryland — and is anticipated to announce its Champions Week undercard matchups to run alongside the Big Ten Championship Sport someday Sunday or Monday.

It’s an attention-grabbing idea … that nobody appears to know a lot, if something, about. However right here’s what we do know:

> Ohio State has gained the East Division and can play within the Big Ten Championship Sport (*2*) following the cancellation of their rivalry recreation in opposition to Michigan. Ohio State will meet Northwestern, the West champion, within the title recreation for the second time in three years.

> Whereas nothing has been introduced, each Minnesota and Wisconsin have signaled publicly a want to re-schedule their rivalry recreation after it was canceled as a result of Golden Gophers’ COVID-19 points. It’s onerous to think about the Big Ten will stand in the way in which of a sequence that has been performed yearly since 1907 being performed. The identical goes for an Indiana-Purdue re-schedule, assuming each faculties are able to go after this week’s recreation was canceled as a consequence of virus points on either side.

> If there’s a Minnesota-Wisconsin matchup and all 14 league members are wholesome sufficient to play, as this projection will assume, the Big Ten can even have to re-scheduled a canceled East Division recreation. The 2 which are obtainable to be re-scheduled are Maryland-Michigan State and Maryland-Michigan. It’s a coin flip as to which approach the convention would go.

> When the league established the Champions Week idea in mid-September, it stated the bonus games could be crossover matchups decided by the standings with each effort made to keep away from rematches. The primary two factors have been dropped, however we are going to assume the latter stands and the convention is not going to have rematches.

> Nobody is aware of how house and away groups can be decided; we’re flying blind on that entrance.

With all that stated, listed here are our greatest guesses for what Champions Week will appear to be:

Champions Week matchups with Michigan State-Maryland re-schedule:

  • Big Ten Championship Sport: Ohio State vs. Northwestern
  • Purdue at Indiana
  • Minnesota at Wisconsin
  • Michigan State at Maryland
  • Michigan at Iowa
  • Penn State at Illinois
  • Rutgers at Nebraska

Champions Week matchups with Maryland-Michigan re-schedule:

  • Big Ten Championship Sport: Ohio State vs. Northwestern
  • Purdue at Indiana
  • Minnesota at Wisconsin
  • Maryland at Michigan
  • Michigan State at Nebraska
  • Penn State at Illinois
  • Iowa at Rutgers

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James Kratch could also be reached at jkratch@njadvancemedia.com.

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