I know he seems rather trollish in most of his printed remarks, but he actually writes an article about the B1G's non-conference schedual that seems to serve as sublime acknowledgement towards the much maligned conference.
Delany convinced Big Ten presidents to move to a nine-game league schedule (in 2016), and has said the Big Ten will eventually stop playing games against FCS teams. Better games, better experiences.
And why not start three years early: no conference plays more games against BCS teams this season, and no one plays less games against FCS schools.
Of course, Hayes being Hayes he must throw also throw out this backhanded-compliment of an observation as well:
While the Big Ten plays more BCS games than any other conference, the potential is minimal for one to impact the national title race. Michigan playing host to Notre Dame could be one; so could Michigan State traveling to Notre Dame. But the reality is Ohio State traveling to Cal is the only significant game – and a Buckeyes’ loss would be a massive upset.
I'm inclined to agree with him on this point..not many marquee games appear on the early season slate for this upcoming year. Outside of Notre Dame's matchups with ttun and their little brother, and the UCLA @Brasky contests there really isn't much to brag about as far a non-conference games go. Hell, when it comes to the B1G there really isn't much to brag about anyway. I do have to say that right now, the non-conference game I'm in looking forward to the most, for obvious reasons is Buffalo. Yet, we all know which one will have the greatest impact on the title chase in 2013.
I just thought this was an interesting tid-bit and wanted to share it with the community.