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1981 Big Ten Conference Schedule and Results

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Record: 59-55-0, .518 W-L% (6th of 14) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 4.53 (6th of 14) ▪ SOS: 4.92 (5th of 14)

Conference Champion: Iowa and Ohio State

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Michigan and Ohio State)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Iowa, Michigan and Ohio State)

44 Games

Only Ranked Teams ▪ Conference games only
Rk Date Day Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1 Sep 12, 1981 Sat Illinois 27 @ Michigan State 17
2 Sep 12, 1981 Sat Indiana 21 @ Northwestern 20
3 Sep 12, 1981 Sat Wisconsin 21 (1) Michigan 14
Rk Date Day Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
4 Sep 19, 1981 Sat Minnesota 16 Purdue 13
5 Sep 19, 1981 Sat (8) Ohio State 27 Michigan State 13
Rk Date Day Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
6 Oct 3, 1981 Sat Illinois 38 Minnesota 29
7 Oct 3, 1981 Sat (18) Iowa 64 @ Northwestern 0
8 Oct 3, 1981 Sat (8) Michigan 38 @ Indiana 17
9 Oct 3, 1981 Sat Wisconsin 20 Purdue 14
Rk Date Day Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
10 Oct 10, 1981 Sat (15) Iowa 42 Indiana 28
11 Oct 10, 1981 Sat (6) Michigan 38 @ Michigan State 20
12 Oct 10, 1981 Sat Minnesota 35 Northwestern 23
13 Oct 10, 1981 Sat Purdue 44 Illinois 20
14 Oct 10, 1981 Sat Wisconsin 24 (18) Ohio State 21
Rk Date Day Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
15 Oct 17, 1981 Sat Indiana 17 Minnesota 16
16 Oct 17, 1981 Sat (12) Iowa 9 @ (5) Michigan 7
17 Oct 17, 1981 Sat Michigan State 33 (14) Wisconsin 14
18 Oct 17, 1981 Sat Ohio State 34 Illinois 27
19 Oct 17, 1981 Sat Purdue 35 @ Northwestern 0
Rk Date Day Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
20 Oct 24, 1981 Sat Illinois 23 Wisconsin 21
21 Oct 24, 1981 Sat (18) Michigan 38 Northwestern 0
22 Oct 24, 1981 Sat Minnesota 12 @ (6) Iowa 10
23 Oct 24, 1981 Sat Ohio State 29 Indiana 10
24 Oct 24, 1981 Sat Purdue 27 Michigan State 26
Rk Date Day Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
25 Oct 31, 1981 Sat Illinois 24 (16) Iowa 7
26 Oct 31, 1981 Sat (15) Michigan 34 @ Minnesota 13
27 Oct 31, 1981 Sat Michigan State 26 Indiana 3
28 Oct 31, 1981 Sat Ohio State 45 @ Purdue 33
29 Oct 31, 1981 Sat Wisconsin 52 Northwestern 0
Rk Date Day Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
30 Nov 7, 1981 Sat Iowa 33 Purdue 7
31 Nov 7, 1981 Sat (12) Michigan 70 Illinois 21
32 Nov 7, 1981 Sat Michigan State 61 @ Northwestern 14
33 Nov 7, 1981 Sat Minnesota 35 (18) Ohio State 31
34 Nov 7, 1981 Sat Wisconsin 28 @ Indiana 7
Rk Date Day Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
35 Nov 14, 1981 Sat Illinois 35 Indiana 14
36 Nov 14, 1981 Sat Iowa 17 @ Wisconsin 7
37 Nov 14, 1981 Sat (11) Michigan 28 @ Purdue 10
38 Nov 14, 1981 Sat Michigan State 43 Minnesota 36
39 Nov 14, 1981 Sat Ohio State 70 Northwestern 6
Rk Date Day Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
40 Nov 21, 1981 Sat Illinois 49 @ Northwestern 12
41 Nov 21, 1981 Sat Indiana 20 Purdue 17
42 Nov 21, 1981 Sat (19) Iowa 36 Michigan State 7
43 Nov 21, 1981 Sat Ohio State 14 @ (7) Michigan 9
44 Nov 21, 1981 Sat Wisconsin 26 @ Minnesota 21