The Big Ten is keeping its current divisions as is for one more year.
According to a report by The Athletic’s Scott Dochterman, the Big Ten will maintain its East and West divisional structure for the 2023 season before reconfiguring when USC and UCLA join the conference in 2024.
From Dochterman’s report:
There was strong consideration to revamp from geographic divisions to a single-conference entity for 2023 but there were too many issues to implement for next season. Among the most discussed issues for Big Ten administrators and school officials include the desire to unveil one new system for USC and UCLA rather than in consecutive years, the number of protected games and television concerns.
With that issue now settled, the Big Ten is expected to release its 2023 football schedule this week, according to the report. While an original schedule for the 2023 season was released all the way back in 2018, that schedule will be modified, and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said earlier this year that the conference will no longer set schedules more than a year in advance.
The 2023 season will be the first year of the Big Ten’s new television deal, with FOX, CBS and NBC all televising games on their national networks with additional games being broadcast on FS1, Big Ten Network and Peacock.