The Big Ten starts conference play Saturday, and for the first time in its history, teams will be playing nine conference games.
The Big 12 and Pac 12 both also have nine-game conference slates, while the SEC and ACC play eight games in conference and four games out of conference. As Power 5 teams all vie with each other for a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff, not everyone thinks it’s fair some big schools play a different amount of conference games than others.
That includes Nebraska coach Mike Riley.
“I think that probably with the playoffs at stake,” Riley told the Associated Press, “that should be equitable that way.”
In the same article, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, who coaches in the ACC agreed: “We’re the only sport in America that doesn’t have the same set of rules for everyone that plays. I’ve never figured that out.”
Ohio State’s Urban Meyer was also asked for his opinions on the nine-game vs. eight-game schedules and said he hadn’t given it much thought but, “coach Riley has a good point there.”