At Friday’s Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany announced that conference members will no longer schedule inferior, schedule-padding, FCS opponents in their non-conference football slate beginning in 2016.
In 2016, we will establish not in 2015, but in 2016, our scheduling format. We call it Strength of Schedule 1910. We’ll have one major intersectional game each year against an autonomy conference. We’ll have nine conference games, which allows us to play each other on a more regular basis, which I think is important as conferences expand. We’ll have a championship game. And then we’ll have all of our games against FBS competition. I think that’s responsive to what the College Football Playoff committee is looking for. It took a little while to get here because of schedules and expansion. But all of our coaches and players and athletic directors are committed to this platform. We think it’s what our fans want. We think it’s what our players want. And we think it’s what the College Football Playoff committee wants.
The outline of the new scheduling format was outlined as follows: