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Pac-12, Big Ten enter schedule agreement

Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:36 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 12:54 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen and Adam Jacobi

College basketball's ACC-Big Ten Challenge? It's nice and all, but so 2007 (or so). So leave it to Larry Scott and Jim Delany to engineer the 2017 version -- and do it on the gridiron.

Scott's Pac-12 and Delany's Big Ten announced Wednesday that they have reached a formal nonconference scheduling agreement across all sports, with the football version starting five seasons from now in 2017. All 12 teams in each league will play one team in the other as part of their nonconference schedule.

"This makes a lot of sense," Scott told the USA Today, "in terms of continuing to broaden our exposure and improving programming and improving the caliber of our schools' matchups."

“As other conferences continue to grow through expansion, we believe there is great merit in deepening the historic relationship between the Big Ten and Pac-12,” said Delany. “We believe that both conferences can preserve that sense of collegiality and still grow nationally by leveraging our commonalities in a way that benefits student-athletes, fans and alumni. This collaboration can and will touch many institutional undertakings, and will complement our academic and athletic missions.”

The leagues have yet to reach a consensus on some issues of arrangement, from what the series will be called to how the teams will be paired up (and sites assigned) to where the games will be televised. But the "Pac-12-Big Ten Challenge" nonetheless promises to make an immediate, seismic impact on the nonconference profile of both leagues, and should provide plenty of high-stakes, must-see viewing for both leagues' respective TV networks. 

That doesn't mean there won't be drawbacks. The Rose Bowl will now run the small but tangible risk of repeating a regular-season matchup, for one. For another, with both conferences committed to nine-game league schedules, another fixed non-conference matchup will leave schools with annual non-league rivalries (think Michigan or USC, and their series with Notre Dame) with just one open "breather" date to fill on their schedules.

To that end, Scott has stated that the Pac-12 will remain committed to its nine-game schedule, but Delany told USA Today the Big Ten will "likely rethink the move," and if that sounds like a polite way of saying "it's out," it should be no surprise that Pete Thamel reports the Big Ten will stick with its eight-game schedule now instead.

Speaking as college football fans, the lack of juicy non-conference games has been a creeping menace to the quality of college football seasons -- just look at the dreck that fills SEC non-conference schedules every September (and mid-November) -- and Scott and Delany deserve major commendations for their part in fighting that problem head-on.

"This will add a tough, high-quality opponent," Scott said. "Certainly, it creates a tougher path (to the national championship game). But the benefits, we think, outweigh the fact it's far more challenging."

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Comments

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:50 am
 

Pac-12, Big Ten enter schedule agreement

How can you not allow teams to be ranked based on the conference they play in.  Does that mean you don't want any SEC teams ranked, ever.
You misunderstand and I probably did not make my point clearly. I did not mean to imply that a team not be ranked because of the conference they play in I meant to say that a team should not be ranked because of the conference they play in. Are you saying Florida, Auburn, Mississippi State are top 25 teams. Or are they ranked because they play in the SEC.  



Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:06 am
 

Pac-12, Big Ten enter schedule agreement

Hey kubbfan, maybe its all those years of watching the Cubs play has addled your brain, but get your facts in order. The Big Ten has the highest RPI of any conference in college BB. Please check out the number of Big Ten schools in the top twenty five, if you can count that high.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Pac-12, Big Ten enter schedule agreement

im sure the fans of teams in each conference will like it, and there are some good teams. neither one is a powerhouse basketball conference.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Pac-12, Big Ten enter schedule agreement

Big daddy, what's the problem with getting Michigan?  Seems likely an easy win for UCLA, in most seasons.  2011 was a fluke.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Pac-12, Big Ten enter schedule agreement

I like the win your conference or stay home rule we will just have to see how long that would last since it was the SEC who protested rematches in bowl games until it benefitted them. I also agree with the too many bowl games theory. Can we take it one step further and not allow teams to be ranked in the top 25  because the conference they play in. Good thing the title game is a home game for LSU and pretty close to one for the Tide or else this game might be in jeopardy of being blacked out.



It was not the SEC that protested rematches in bowl games.  Fans from all over the country did, and this time, the voters ignored them.  Bama fans sure wanted a rematch, but I don't think most fans of SEC teams cared either way.  I know most LSU fans were not in favor of a rematch in 2006 or 2011.  How can you not allow teams to be ranked based on the conference they play in.  Does that mean you don't want any SEC teams ranked, ever.  It does not matter where this game was to be played, it was going to be a sellout.  LSU and Bama fans travel as well as any teams in the country.  I am not aware of any blackouts in bowl games anyway.  Now that your entire post has been debunked, what will you come up with next.  Haters are funny, and ridiculous.  Keep up the good work. 



Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Pac-12, Big Ten enter schedule agreement

I like the win your conference or stay home rule we will just have to see how long that would last since it was the SEC who protested rematches in bowl games until it benefitted them. I also agree with the too many bowl games theory. Can we take it one step further and not allow teams to be ranked in the top 25  because the conference they play in. Good thing the title game is a home game for LSU and pretty close to one for the Tide or else this game might be in jeopardy of being blacked out.




Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Pac-12, Big Ten enter schedule agreement

The SEC rarely leaves the Old South to play football games.  Coach Vince Dooley @ UGA had this philosophy and it seems to be the mind set today.  Good for the PAC 12 and Big 10/11/12 for this. BUT it is bad for the Big Ten to revert back to an eight-game regular season (10 games sounds about right to me).  There needs to be more outrage about the quality of the football seasons.  But I won't hold my breath.




Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Pac-12, Big Ten enter schedule agreement

It's tough for someone from the sec to understand about putting GOOD teams on there non-confrence schedule.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Pac-12, Big Ten enter schedule agreement

This coming from an SEC homer. 

How about getting rid Citadel, Furman, Ga Southern LA-Lafeytte Charleston So etc.  Why wouldn't USC want to do that?  We know for sure no one from the SEC would do that.  You do have those tough games in the SEC (Vandy, Ms St, UK, Ole Miss etc) 

Funny how you are saying that SC might get a team like Minn or Indiana, when most of the schools in the SEC play DII schools.  You will never ever see SC do that.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Pac-12, Big Ten enter schedule agreement

This is a great move. It's one that the "mighty" SEC would never agree to. However, you could take it a step further and exchange 1 team from each conference to play an entire league schedule each season. Imagine Wisconsin playing a year in the PAC-12 or Stanford exposing the weakness of the Big 10 just for a season. It could be fun!


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