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Is the Big Ten Going Back to 8 Conference Games in Football?

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May 23, 2018 at 10:24am

After the 2017 B1G Champs were left out of the CFP, in favor of non-division champion Alabama, is it time for the B1G to change?  The better question is, will they change?

After years of wringing our hands at the SEC model, personally, I think it's time to follow the leader.  This morning, Chris Childers and Rick Neuheisel had a segment on their program on ESPNU Radio on Sirius/XM, and laid out a pretty good case for this. 

In the history of the CFP, all five conferences who have been excluded (2014-Big 12, 2015-Pac-12, 2016-Big-12, 2017-B1G and Pac-12) have one thing in common - they all play nine conference games.  And, in doing so, they have guaranteed losses for their conference teams.  This is precisely why the ACC and SEC refuse to adopt the nine-game conference slate.

The CFP committee already stated flatly that they really don't care about the schedule - they care about the eye test.  They just want to see the best teams play, so why subject yourself to a road game in Iowa City when you can host Youngstown State?

But, did Nebraska AD Bill Moos let the cat out of the bag when he stated on his radio show, "we might have some other schedule news here in a week or so, in regards to 2022 and on", in remarks geared specifically around the College Football Playoff?

What do you think?  Is it time for the B1G to change their conference slate?

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