A change could be coming to future Big Ten football schedules. Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos hinted Monday night that the conference could make a change to future schedules so that Big Ten teams aren’t “beating each other up” as much, according to HuskerOnline’s Sean Callahan.
Moos might be implying that the league could return to an eight-game conference slate. The Big Ten has played nine conference games per season since 2016.
Nebraska AD Bill Moos hints Big Ten football schedule could return to 8 games
Moos hinted on his radio show tonight that there could be some other schedule news coming out for 2022.He said it had to do with the Big Ten not beating each other up so bad, because strength of schedule has had really no baring on the Big Ten for the CFP. Back to 8 league games?
— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) May 22, 2018
The earliest the Big Ten could change its future schedules is for the 2022 season. Conference slates are already in place through the 2021 season with nine Big Ten games on the schedule for each team.
A return to an eight-game conference schedule could give the Big Ten a better chance to land a team in the College Football Playoff each season. It would likely harm most teams’ strength of schedule, but a team such as Ohio State or Wisconsin could schedule non-Power 5 opponents to boost its record.
The Pac-12 and Big 12 also play nine-game conference schedules, while the SEC and ACC play eight in-league games.