A week-by-week look at the conference’s best games for 2022

That’s within six weeks of the start of the college football season with a handful of games on the weekend of August 27 and just within seven weeks until the long-awaited first full weekend of games, including the high-profile opening game with Notre Dame visiting Ohio. State.

We’ve decided to take a week-by-week look at the Big Ten football schedule for 2022.

Looking at the post-spring standings by Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com, there were five Big Ten teams ranked in his top 25. Dodd had Alabama ranked first, followed by Ohio State second, Georgia third, Oklahoma fourth and Baylor fifth in his top five . Besides Ohio State, Big Ten teams mentioned included Michigan at No. 6, Michigan State at No. 16, Wisconsin at No. 19, and Penn State at No. 24.

Dodd also had Notre Dame, OSU’s season-opening opponent, at No. 8.

In recent years, the Big Ten has built its reputation by winning more than its fair share of non-conference games early in the season. There will be plenty of those kinds of games for the conference to build up its resume this year, obviously led by the Notre Dame-Ohio State game.

Penn State must go to face Auburn. Michigan State travels to Seattle to face Washington. Indiana will play Cincinnati, which qualified for the College Football Playoffs last year. Wisconsin is home to Washington State. Iowa takes on rival Iowa State, this time in Iowa City. Minnesota will host Colorado and Nebraska will host former Big 12 rival Oklahoma.

There will be four Big Ten/ACC games as Rutgers travel to play Boston College, Purdue visits Syracuse, Northwestern hosts Duke and Illinois host Virginia.

Michigan, the defending Big Ten champion, is having a rare season without a non-conference Power Five opponent. The Wolverines will kick off with home games against Colorado State, Hawaii and Connecticut.

Below, we take a look at each week of Big Ten action. Plus, we watch other top games nationwide every week. And we’ll do a “best guess” for the start time of the seven Ohio State games that have yet to be set.

(All times listed are for Eastern Time. HC indicates this is this school’s Homecoming game.)

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