UCLA will travel more than 20,000 miles in debut Big Ten season
UCLA will travel across the Pacific Ocean to open the 2024 football season against the Rainbow Warriors of Hawaii. The Bruins will also travel more than 2,700 miles east to New Jersey to play Rutgers as part of its 9-game debut in the Big Ten.
In total, the Bruins will travel roughly 26,000 miles for 6 road football games during the 2024 season. They’ll have road games against Hawaii, LSU, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Rutgers.
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The league revealed its 2024 and 2025 matchups on Thursday. UCLA will face a gauntlet in its first year in the B1G — a schedule that also welcomes Ohio State to the Rose Bowl.
Travel concerns have been a constant talking point since the Bruins announced last summer they would be leaving the Pac-12. And those concerns crystalized on Thursday when the Big Ten revealed its schedule.
USC doesn’t have to go to Hawaii, but its 2024 slate isn’t much better in terms of conference travel. The Trojans will face Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State, and Purdue on the road.
The Trojans will rack up roughly 18,000 miles of air travel.
Speaking on the B1G Live show on Thursday, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said he felt the league appropriately addressed travel concerns for teams heading to the West Coast.
“The balance worked out well, but it was important to make sure it was spread out so no individual team or teams had to deal with the consistent and constant travel,” Smith said.
However true for the B1G’s traditional teams having to head west, the league’s new LA-based teams (and their fans) are going to be rolling in airline points by the time the 2024 season comes to a close.