The Big Ten finished the 2022 season with two teams in the College Football Playoff and a claim as the nation’s strongest conference. 2023 holds the potential for another dominant season and there are betting apps to download in Ohio that fans can visit to enhance their enjoyment of the action. Here’s a look at the top five Big 10 football rivalries for 2023.
The 5 Best Big Ten Rivalries for the 2023 Season
#5 – Penn State at Maryland – November 4
Penn State has dominated this matchup of relatively new Big Ten members. However, Maryland coach Mike Locksley continues to build this once-dormant program. While Penn State holds an all-time advantage of 42-3-1 in this matchup, upset-minded Maryland is coming off their best Big Ten showing in eight years.
#4 – Iowa at Wisconsin – October 14
Coming off of lackluster seasons, Iowa and Wisconsin will be rejuvenated in 2023. Massive changes include Luke Fickell now coaching Wisconsin and former Michigan starting quarterback Cade McNamara taking snaps for Iowa. Look for a close mid-season matchup between these longtime rivals when they meet for the 97th time.
#3 – Michigan at Michigan State – October 21
On paper, Coach Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan team is expected to dust off their in-state rivals as they did in 2022. Michigan-Michigan State is not played on paper. Coach Mel Tucker will refocus the Spartan program. Nothing will help more than a mid-season takedown of the Wolverines.
#2 – Wisconsin at Minnesota – November 25
The 2023 contest will be the 133rd matchup between these rivals. It is the most played rivalry in all of the FBS, the teams are tied 62-62-8. Wisconsin coach Luke Fickell will experience this game for the first time. Fans in Madison are looking to Fickell to return the Badgers to glory and reclaim Paul Bunyon Axe.
#1 – Ohio State at Michigan – November 25
None of the Big Ten rivalries is bigger or better than The Game. No matter a fan’s location in the country or allegiance to other teams, all purists know the value of this late November tradition. The 2023 edition to be played in Ann Arbor will likely again have national implications as well as traditional bragging rights on the line. Jim Harbaugh, Ryan Day, and all participants know that if they win this game, their season was a success. If they lose…well, don’t lose.