Skip to main content

College football will look very different when the 2024 season kicks off thanks to the expanded playoff, plus a pair of historic conference realignments, including when UCLA officially joins the Big Ten to begin a new era. And when the Bruins finally get on the road, they're going to cover a lot of the country.

UCLA learned the schedule for its maiden 2024 football season as members of the Big Ten, and, looking over the games, it's going to face some opponents far beyond the confines of Westwood, starting things off at Hawaii, the first of six long road trips, including games at LSU, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, and Rutgers.

In total, UCLA will travel 26,762 miles in the air to play those games. It was expected that the Big Ten's two new Los Angeles-based teams will have to do some serious traveling considering its new conference opponents are located mostly in the Midwest, but the Bruins' non-league foes only add to the pressure.

UCLA opens up out of the mainland United States against a Hawaii team that is about 2,500 miles west of Los Angeles, or a flight of approximately 5 hours, 45 minutes. 

The trip to Rutgers in the New York area is around 5 hours, 30 minutes. Heading to Louisiana for the LSU game is around 3 hours, 30 minutes, and the flight to Michigan is over four hours long.

Hopefully, the Big Ten will take potential jet lag into account when picking the times for these matchups.

Related: Big Ten reveals 2024 football schedule

More college football from SI: Top 25 Rankings | Schedule | All Teams

Follow College Football HQ: Bookmark | Rankings | Picks