Big Ten releases 2015 and 2016 football schedules

Andrew Krammer

The Gophers will be facing the Big Ten's elite football teams at TCF Bank Stadium by the time head coach Jerry Kill is in his fifth full season with the team. 

The Big Ten has announced the football schedules for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Minnesota will face Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska at home in 2015. The matchup with the Buckeyes will be held Oct. 31, and it is the first game between the teams since 2010. 

The Gophers' conference home games in 2016 will be against Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Purdue. 

2015
South Dakota State – Sept. 5
at Colorado State – Sept. 12
TBA – Sept. 19
Ohio – Sept. 26
Nebraska – Oct. 3
at Northwestern – Oct. 10
at Michigan – Oct. 17
Iowa – Oct. 24
Ohio State – Oct. 31
at Purdue – Nov. 7
Wisconsin – Nov. 21
at Michigan State – Nov. 28
Big Ten Championship – Dec. 5

2016
New Mexico State – Sept. 3
Indiana State – Sept. 10
at Miami (Ohio) – Sept. 17
Colorado State – Sept. 24
at Iowa – Oct. 1
Michigan – Oct. 8
at Nebraska – Oct. 22
Northwestern – Oct. 29
at Ohio State – Nov. 5
Purdue – Nov. 12
at Wisconsin – Nov. 19
Michigan State – Nov. 26
Big Ten Championship – Dec. 3