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Wow, can't believe they would consider this.
The Pac-12 and Big 12 already play a nine-game conference schedule. Could the Big Ten become the first conference to play 10 conference games a year?
That's just dumb, especially with the quality of the B1G right now. If the B1G wants to make any national news we need a couple cupcakes as warmups and at least one major OOC game. Can't do that if you've only got two free non-conference games.
I think it's a tough call. If we go to 18 or 20, I almost think it's a necessity. But if we stick at 14 or 16, I think 8-9 B10 games still works. Also, it depends on who we add. If we add top tier FB programs, it's less of an issue to me. I don't care if we play ND or UT or Miami in conference or out of conference. But if the rumors are true and we are planning to add UNC and GT or something similar, a 10 game B10 schedule is going to seriously water things down. It will be very hard to regularly schedule anything other than baby seals for the two OOC games because Dave Brandon wants 7 home games every year.
This post was edited by MrWoodson 15 months ago
Lot of schools would suffer by having less than 7 home games this way though.
I hear a lot of complaints about Baby Seal U, but the fact of the matter is, those schools depend on games against Div 1 teams. And frankly, so do we.
A 10game conference schedule means 5 home games and 5 away. If we need 7 home games for revenue, and ND is no longer an option, how are you going to schedule a 1-off every year with a big name school?
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