FCS opponents no longer allowed on B1G schedule
UMass is FBS now, right?
Does this mean we will forever have a losing record against Appy State? I don't think I can handle that. Please tell me we can at least tie that up in 2014 first...
game increases? Otherwise there's a Michigan game in 2014 that might need to be canceled...
State lobbying for the West...why am I not suprised
I thought they wanted to be in East with Michigan and OSU but if that's not the case - what's there to discuss? Indiana vs Purdue?
Why is geography so confusing in college football? Just do the eye grouping so nobody needs to look at a map
The eye is great if you are in the iris. For those on the outer lids, not so much.
Football is the only sport in which the divisions matter. And in football, the teams in the outer ring of the eye would only have 1-2 long road trips per year, and the rest of the road trips would be much shorter than they are now. Right now Wisconsin is in a division with Penn State and Ohio State and it doesn't seem like a problem; under the Eye they would swap OSU for the two eastern additions. Since an away game at either OSU or Maryland/Rutgers means a plane flight, I don't see a big difference. Plus, they would gain Nebraska/Iowa/Minnesota in their division, which means several very easy road trips.
Little brother is trying to assert his independence by moving out of the house...
Doesn't have to play us in basketball anymore.
Sorry, this game just sucks.
Maybe in 2500 app state will be in the big ten
They could make our footprint bigger.
More like 2020.
FWIW Weslyan is not D-1 of any kind, its D-3. #thingsilookuptoavoidwatchingbasketball
Now this is something I can get behind.
I will miss Delaware's band. One of the best half time shows I have ever seen.
Seems fitting that the last FCS team we will play is App State.
Was Umass not FCS?
I think he is assuming that we will still play Appalachian State in 2014. If that is the case, then they would be the last FCS team we would have played.
WhT will happen if we lose to app st again?
I will find out where you live and poop on your porch.
Every single night until the day that I die.
And I will light it on fire and ring the door bell. Why would you even ask this let alone allow that thought to happen
ok with this. just hope we can keep the conference schedule to 9
This announcement probably means that the Big Ten is going for a 10 game conference slate (and almost guarantees further expansion sooner than later).
Assuming a 14 team league at 9 conference games, there would be 42 (14x3) OOC games to schedule annually from a pool of 110 teams. My gut feeling would be that it would be hard to arrange matchups against 1/3 of all eligible opponents annually.
Then again...I suppose 1 MAC, 1 Big East, 1 Real opponent might work...
We will be expanding again and going to 10 games within the next two years. The only question is 16, 18, or 20 teams?
We will definitely pick up UVA and GT. The SEC will get VA Tech.
If we keep going, look for UNC and Duke. The SEC will get NC State.
This is all about footprints. The Big Ten expands to the east and south. The SEC expands to north to NC and VA.
FSU and Clemson go to the Big 12 as the ACC gets carved up to look pretty much like the old Big East..
seem quite sure of your self about all of this.
I'm sure of the evil genius that is Delany.
I believe that Jim Delany had said earlier in the week that whichever model they ultimately implement (nine or ten games - he gave a timetable for the decision to come in May, I think) would not be in effect until around 2016 at the earliest, so we probably have a few more seasons of the odd FCS opponent (which makes sense since several schools have some scheduled in the next few years anyway, and I can't imagine the conference would make them back out of existing agreements now.). It seems like ten games makes more sense, however, if the idea is to eliminate FCS matchups by design essentially.
I bet the SEC follows suit!
And MSU is doing whatever they can to get out of the Michigan-Ohio State shadow, trusting a protected rivalry to keep that game intact. GUH!
Nine games still means a major decrease in how often we see our "conference" rivals. Under the current system we see Purdue-Indiana-PSU-Wisconsin-Illinois just 40% of years. With 9 games, a protected rival, and 14 teams that becomes 33% of years -- 2-year series every six years. We'll play directional Michigan schools far more often than the Brown Jug game.
Maryland and Rutgers would STILL end up with made-up protected rivalries they have to play every year in the central time zone. What frick of difference will it make to them if they have to fly to Chicago instead of Detroit every year? And Ohio State gets who? Illinois?
With no protected rivalries and 9 games we'll see the other division about 43% of years, basically no different than it is now, except it affects two more teams.
Drop the protected rivalries.
The Big Ten is blessed with natural rivalries that are already geographical . . . Michigan-Ohio State, The triad of iowa, Wisc, Minn (you can now add Nebraska to that), Ill-NW, etc.
A geographical alignment matches up these natural rilvalries. If MSU wants out, then let them play us once every 3 years.
Or, the Big Ten could have a special provision if they have to break a natural rivalry like Michigan-MSU or Indiana-Purdue, that in that case and that case only, there is a protected rivalry. But every team does not need one.
My mom always told me that too many snackycakes aren't good for you. But Ol' Fingerguns sure had a nice day
I'd like to see them implement a 10 game conference schedule and add an FCS/cupcake exhibition game. Both teams get a nice payday, players get eased into the season, redshirt-bound freshman/depth players get to play, and conference games are maximized. If conferences keep expanding, they'll have to do something, and this is probably more feasible than lengthening the regular season or forgoing revenue.
I love this idea. The Fbs tune-up would be a great chance to run through some plays in live action, get the young kids some quality reps, and see how some of the newbies play in actual game action. Kind of like the NFL preseason games. Make no mistake - this exhibition will not be all that exciting, but who cares - I would wager that every one of us will tune in or attend anyway.
Revenue idea: If the NCAA won't allow an exibition game, then what about a "Spring Game" the week before the season starts?
Just like the Spring Game is the final event of spring practice, the "Fall Game" would be the final event of fall practice.
Football-starved fans would flock to it, the weather is great for tailgating, and it gives a good look at what the team will be.
If they run it as a real game, it's as least as compelling as a game against EMU. The risk of injury is even less because some of the rules could be modified and even your most aggressive players know not to kill their own guys.
Are schools allowed to do something like this?
In 2003 Kansas State played 15 total games (including a Conference Championship), so maybe?
in during the school year.
NCAA rules state that
1)All eligible players can participate in a maximum of 12 regular season games (+ exceptions of CCGs, international games, Hawaii games)
2)A regular season game is defined as a scrimmage against outside competiton
This means that a intra-team scrimmage that is open to the public can be held as long as the starters (maybe the entire 2-deep) don't play.
How enticing is a Fall 'Spring game' where the starters don't play? No clue, but it'll be good practice for guys who have already burned a red-shirt and I'm sure enough people will show up for the school to not lose money on it.
I love this idea. I am a proponent of the FCS/FBS games because of the economic impact it has on FCS athletic programs (cross country, tennis, etc.). These guarantee games have a major impact on FCS athletic deparment budgets.
The probem is that there aren't enough FCS teams currently eligible to play FBS schools. An FCS school must maintain an average of 57.6 football scholarships yearly in order to play an FBS school.
Rework the legislation!
For the sake of playing as many B1G teams as possible, they should loose the protected rivalries. If Sparty wants to bolt for the West, they better not expect to play us every year.
Great. There goes our winning percentage.
If Sparty does lobby successfully to be in the west, then it can be forever concluded that OSU was/is/and will always be our biggest rival. Spartys little 3 year run of being in our division and them mouth breathing that they mean more since they are divisional and OSU is not will be over. Good riddance assholes!
That conclusion was reached 50 years ago.
I'd be happy to kick state off the schedule. Fine with me. That game has no significance outside the state of Michigan. The game was on freaking BTN this past year.
No FCS, who's Minnesota going to schedule now?
yeah kick your new rival off the schedule. no one can schedule eastern because they will be fcs in 2 years.