With fourteen teams and only eighteen games, the Big Ten schedule isn't a round-robin like it was in the good old days of the 1980s. However, the conference could finally be moving towards protecting its greatest rivalries, like Indiana vs. Purdue:
The current randomly scheduling has led to only one meeting between the Boilermakers in Hoosiers in both the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons. A change would guarantee that Indiana and Purdue are one of the five "double-play" opponents on the yearly schedule. One would assume that Michigan State-Michigan, Maryland-Penn State, and Wisconsin-Minnesota would be among some of the other protected rivalries.