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The current 8-game B1G schedule will soon be a thing of the past. B1G athletic directors and coaches met Monday at league headquarters in Park Ridge, Ill., to discuss, among other things, how many conference games will be played following the additions of Maryland and Rutgers in 2014. B1G commissioner Jim Delany said that all of the discussions focused on models with nine or 10 league games. He said there was "no support" to keep the current 8-game league schedule.
Which do you prefer--9 or 10 B1G games--and why?
Got to believe it will be 9. 10 would cost teams a lot of money in home game lost revenue.
Cant do 10 bc we of the 7 home game requirements per ugene
I'd probably say 10 if the choices are only 9 or 10 (overall I prefer 8 but that apparently isn't on the table anymore). The reason I say 10 is so that all conference members will play the same number of home and away games as far as conference games go. There won't be reason to whine about varying years' successes and failures being because maybe Team A played more home games than their rival did, etc.
The bad thing with 10 is we can't schedule heavyweight OOC opponents anymore as they will want a return visit and we need 7 home games.
if we play 10 our ooc will be Buffalo and Toledo .. fu#@$ nonsense ..
clearly $$ would be the driving force behind any decisions. It would be cool if as a result of having the added conference games there would be an allowance to add 1 extra OOC game also & it would have to be against a team in 1 of the other 5 BCS conferences...so...13 regular season games + conference championship + the bowl game or the play off - that could possibly equal 16 games...wooaaa...that would be fun....highly improbable but it would be fun
The less we play in our conference the better as long as we play good teams ooc. I have no desire to see us play any of the following:
I prefer 9 games.
I think 10 is the way to go. That way all teams get five home and away with two OOC games at home gives us the needed seven home games. If you go with nine, some years you have five home games but other years you only have four which might lead to only six home games and would really put several teams athletic department in a financial bind.
If the B1G goes to 10, I wouldn't be surprised if we see a lot more 1-off OOC games like Alabama-Michigan that are played just once and at a neutral site. That way, the two teams split a big game 50/50 versus one getting a big gate as a home team one year and a relatively mere pittance as the visiting team the next year.
I know people don't like the sound of that but it could very well happen. And SEC teams are doing it--four SEC teams--Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, and Alabama again--will play OOC games at neutral sites this year.
I think 9 is the answer. It leaves things open for a home-away OOC. I also still believe we will end up with super conferences at 20 teams each, which will have 4 five team divisions and end up with 9 conference games a year anyway. It will be interesting.
10 games makes the most sense, and I love the major game / neutral venue concept....if this comes to fruition, trying to finance a MAC program with precious few B10 open dates will become a nightmare
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Put me in that category. It's just one more step (many have been taken so far) to ruining what makes college ball so unique and such a draw.
This is the big OOPS! I bet they didn't consider very well before adding two more schools.
actually, irregardless of whether it's 9 or 10, i think the mac schools will be fine. they'll just become ooc fodder for sec, big 12 and acc teams to cover the financial void. i also think we'll see fewer and fewer home-and-away series with top 20 bcs teams because 6 home games isn't going to provide enough $ to meet the bottom line. we should expect ticket, concession, game program and other price increases.
i like 9 but really 10 doesnt bother me either. id rather watch an inconference opponent no matter how bad than watching the buckeyes slay new mexico
barry alvarez has been quoted saying the big 10 teams' athletic directors have agreed that they'll no longer schedule fcs teams. all future ooc opponents will be d-1 teams.
too bad this agreement comes to late to dump florida a&m this year.
Are you kidding me??? the average tOSU ticket is already 650.00$ --- i heard someone saying earlier this morning that the cheapest tix are like 130.00$...that is already astronomical in that with 8 home games tOSU is raking in an average of 551 milz per season & thats a conservative figure based solely on ticket sales. I realize that football carries many other sports financially BUT i think enough is enough already...it is beginning to make me wonder if they are raising tix prices to cover the cost of bringing in all this kick ass talent LMAO
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