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Big Ten sets 2021 schedule (or so they tell us)

They're really going through with it this time. After announcing their conference-only schedule last August only to cancel it five days later -- "People don't forget!" -- before ultimately brining their 2020 season back from the dead to play an abbreviated slate, the Big Ten on Friday announced a full, 12-game 2021 schedule.

We won't bore you with a game-by-game break down of games to be played (hopefully!) 10 months from now, but what does jump out here is how the Big Ten jumps into 2021.

Nebraska and Illinois are still scheduled to play their Week 0 game in Ireland -- yes, that is happening -- and in Week 1 we get four conference games. Minnesota will host Ohio State on a Thursday night to open the week, and then Wisconsin hosts Penn State, Iowa hosts Illinois and Northwestern hosts Michigan State.

2021 will (hopefully!) bring back non-conference games, of which there are aplenty. Penn State hosts Auburn, Nebraska visits Oklahoma, Wisconsin meets Notre Dame in Chicago, Michigan hosts Washington and Ohio State hosts Oregon.

Speaking of those last two, Michigan and Ohio State will return to the schedule after a one-year hiatus in 2020. Ohio State was supposed to be the home team for that canceled game, but the Buckeyes will not get a make-good. The Buckeyes will trek to Ann Arbor again in 2021.

View the full schedule here.

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.