B1G and Pac-12 apparently reach scheduling agreement

Submitted by wlubd on December 28th, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Pete Thamel @PeteThamelNYT

BREAKING: Pac-12 and Big Ten enter scheduling agreement. All 12 teams playing an inter-league football game starting 2017.


More information sure to be forthcoming but this has been picked up by a lot of people and could very well be the big news expected today.


Personally I think this is a great move for both conferences to get some high-profile home/away games going in a B1G-ACC Challenge type format.

Edit: Link for more info. Big items:

  • Cross-Promoting each other's stuff on the conference tv networks
  • Football not the only sport to be involved
  • May keep B1G at 8-game conference schedule, per Delany



December 28th, 2011 at 2:02 PM ^

Forget the ND series, this may be the first step to saying screw the NCAA and their stupid post season.  I like this paragraph.  It follows the same line of logic as saying that it is unlikely that Craig James killed 5 hookers...

Likewise, the two commissioners dismissed any suggestion that their close alignment could be the first step toward a pullout by them and other major football-playing conferences from the NCAA. Speculation about such a jump has bubbled as the revenue-generating and spending gaps between their schools and those in lower-tier conferences continue to widen.


December 28th, 2011 at 3:18 PM ^

than 4 teams from the B1G and Pac 12 every year.  Of late, it's been 5. (U of M, MSU, Purdue, USC, Stanford).

I will not be surprised if ND is dropped by everyone, which would almost certainly force them to join a conference.


December 28th, 2011 at 1:10 PM ^

all over twitter. personally i like it. i think its a good move and gives us a way to renew that old rose bowl rivalry. 

i will add that i would have LOVED to see the speculation about cutting out ND tho, as that wouldve been the ultimate FU

Wenham Wolverine

December 28th, 2011 at 1:11 PM ^

Dammit, you just beat me to it.

I think it's exciting. We'll have to see what the details are; I'd love to see us play USC or Oregon.


(or maybe this is all the Arizona AD's doing to get RR his game against Michigan? /s)


December 30th, 2011 at 10:00 AM ^

I let her know and she expressed her deep disappointment that you didn't make the same comment for the countless predictions made on this blog every day.  She said she predicts you can avoid carpel tunnel if you just cut and paste.

Maize and Blue…

December 28th, 2011 at 1:38 PM ^

The real roster hit won't be all that bad because of last year's appeal which allowed them to sign 31.  At 15 a year for the next three that leaves them at 76 scholarship players pending transfers and/or early departures.  This is typical in the range of what Pete Carroll normally had during his tenure. LOI's by year from 2010 ten back 18, 18, 19, 18, 27, 19, 19, 28, 22.

Zone Left

December 28th, 2011 at 1:47 PM ^

If Lane Kiffin can keep every player on that team for the next four years, he deserves to have the national title trophy named after him. There's no realistic way for a team to keep every single player on board and contributing over a four year period. The 31 player class helped them, but even given moderate attrition of 3 players / year leaves them with about 64 players on the roster. That's well below critical level for any team out there--even if they've got USC's talent.


December 28th, 2011 at 1:19 PM ^

If only there was some way to ensure that they could play a certain group of teams every year.

What's that you say? Oh. That's right. JOIN A GODDAMN CONFERENCE.

Zone Left

December 28th, 2011 at 1:15 PM ^

This would be fantastic news. I don't mind the ND series, but I'm sick of having it every season. I'd much rather have the variety of a series with the PAC-12.

Zone Left

December 28th, 2011 at 1:25 PM ^

Personally, I'd prefer one good non-conference game and two middle school teams. In your scenario, Michigan could easily lose all three non-conference games followed by a nine game Big 10 schedule. I like the balance provided by having some near guaranteed wins early in the season. 

Regardless, it won't happen. Michigan is only going to get 4-5 home games out of their nine conference games and can't afford to not have 2-3 of the non-conference games be at home every season.


December 28th, 2011 at 2:30 PM ^

if they could figure in the PAC12- BIG games into the BIG championship game?  (and the PAC championship as well)  Since both of the conference winners are going to most likely play each other--or the runners up in NC years--it would be great if this interconference play factored in.  I'm not sure if you would just want to count this game as a conference game, but maybe involve it in tie breaking procedures?

I'm not sure, but it smells like awesome to me.

Edit: even if the overall conference preformance just determines the "home" team in the Rose bowl, I like it.  I think this could be a great partnership.


December 28th, 2011 at 1:18 PM ^

It would be cool if they based the match-ups on the conference rankings from the year before.
<br>This wouldn't be as exciting if we ended up with a bunch of USC v Purdue/Michigan v Utah type games every year


December 28th, 2011 at 1:19 PM ^

Love the idea.  Potentially great matchups, possible rematch in Rose Bowl (longshot, but still there) and a possible ND screwing.  I'm liking the looks of my wednesday!


December 28th, 2011 at 1:20 PM ^

If it does makes it tougher for ND to schedule with its primary rivals, it could apply more pressure on ND to join the B1G. If it ends up pushing ND into the B1G, it will be considered a stroke of genius. If it pushes ND to another league, maybe not so much.


December 28th, 2011 at 1:20 PM ^

Love the idea.  Potentially great matchups, possible rematch in Rose Bowl (longshot, but still there) and a possible ND screwing.  I'm liking the looks of my wednesday!