Women's soccer tabbed as Big Ten title favorite

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Women's soccer tabbed as Big Ten title favorite

The Big Ten also announced the 16-game conference schedule on Wednesday. "I think it will prepare us well for conference play". Don't sleep on a Tom Izzo-coached team - ever.

Minnesota returns home November 29 to take part in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, hosting NCAA Tournament qualifier Miami at the Barn.

The Buckeyes will get an early feel for The Garden on January 20, when they play Minnesota there as part of the Big Ten Super Saturday double-header with Minnesota playing Michigan State in hockey, also at MSG.

Entering the 2017-18 season, Michigan State basketball could be the No. 1 team in the country.

The Maroon and Gold's non-conference slate concludes at historic Williams Arena. For the Huskers, we look at an eight-game stretch combining non-conference and Big Ten games from the start of our Orlando trip until the Kansas game on December 16.

Conference play starts on the road at Northwestern Dec. 28.

As a program, the Lady Lions own eight regular season and two Big Ten Tournament championships. The home schedule features Big Ten matchups with NCAA Sweet 16 qualifiers Wisconsin and MI as well as Maryland, Minnesota, Indiana and IL while the non-conference slate features a matchup with Kansas.

Ohio State will play the College of Wooster in an exhibition Sunday, Nov. 5 before the season opener at home against Robert Morris on Friday, Nov. 10. The Gophers host Wisconsin (Jan. 18) and Iowa (Jan. 21) before playing the Badgers (Jan. 31) and Hawkeyes (Feb. 4) again on the road back to back. Two more home games round out the non-conference schedule, as Minnesota welcomes Florida Atlantic Dec. 23 and Harvard Dec. 30. On Saturday, Dec. 2, Iowa will welcome Penn State, Indiana will travel to MI and Wisconsin will entertain Ohio State.

The regular season ends with Ohio State traveling east for a February 25 meeting, before the 14 conference schools turn their sights to the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Times and television designations will be announced later in the fall.

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