After getting shut out of last year’s College Football Playoff, the Big Ten appears to be loaded heading into the 2018 season.

In fact, the conference places three teams in USA TODAY’s post-spring top-10, with Wisconsin, Ohio State and Penn State cracking the list.

On Wednesday, USA TODAY named the biggest games of the year for each of those squads, and those games are:

  • No. 3 Wisconsin — Oct. 13 at Michigan
  • No. 5 Ohio State — Nov. 24 vs. Michigan
  • No. 9 Penn State — Sept. 29 vs. Ohio State

Obviously, The Game is always a huge affair, and the Buckeyes can’t afford a loss to the Wolverines this year if they want to make it back to the College Football Playoff.

Penn State’s key game comes early, as the Buckeyes head to State College before October in what will be a huge matchup for both squads.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin can’t afford to lose at the Big House on Oct. 13 if the Badgers hope to stay in the CFP hunt.