Starting this season, Big Ten teams are required to play at least one non-conference game against a Power Five opponent or Notre Dame or BYU.
There are a list of exceptions to that rule, including Army, Air Force, Cincinnati, Navy and UConn. And now, apparently, Fresno State.
According to a report by the Star Tribine on Thursday, Minnesota has completed its 2018 and 2019 non-conference slates. The Golden Gophers will play New Mexico State, Fresno State and Miami (Ohio) at home in 2018, then play South Dakota State, at Fresno State and Georgia Southern the following year.
The only way that could be allowable is if the Big Ten allowed Fresno State as a “Power Five” opponent. According to Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys, that’s exactly what happened.
“Otherwise we wouldn’t have done that,” Claeys told the Star Tribine. “(The Big Ten) has to approve it.”
Fresno State has a record of 34-38 over the past six seasons, including 1-6 this year. Nebraska beat the Bulldogs 43-10 on Sept. 3.