Report: Big Ten coaches vote in favor of 20-game league schedule

  • 10/16/2017 9:09 am in

The Big Ten will move to a 20-game league schedule next season, according to Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports.

Rothstein reported on Sunday, via sources, that a shift to a 20-game Big Ten schedule is expected to begin for the 2018-19 season.

The Big Ten schedule is currently 18 regular season games with teams playing five home-and-homes and eight single plays (four home/four away). That has been the format since the 2014-15 season, when the Big Ten added Maryland and Rutgers.

In a 20-game conference schedule, teams could play seven home-and-homes and then three single plays at home and three on the road. A larger conference schedule could also make the addition of protected conference rivalries, such as Indiana-Purdue or Michigan-Michigan State, easier to accommodate.

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass and Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski have both voiced their support for the Hoosiers and Boilermakers to play twice every season in basketball.

A move to a 20-game schedule could have a major impact on non-conference scheduling as some programs could be less willing to schedule marquee games outside of league play.

Indiana already has three marquee non-conference league games confirmed for next season: North Carolina at Madison Square Garden, Louisville at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and Butler at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Hoosiers will also play in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge and could also play in the Gavitt Tipoff Games against a Big East opponent. A three-year non-conference series with Arizona has also been discussed and could begin as early as the 2019-2020 season.

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  • Hardwood83

    The 18 game conference schedule is perfect- for a 10 team league. *Sigh* Another relic of a bygone era. But hey at least we get Nebraska and Rutgers!!

  • Brad

    This a huge mistake. Fred Glass is an absolute clown. He should have been canned with Crean. It was a mistake to expand the Big 10 and add Rutgers, Nebraska, etc…. Fire Fred Glass!

  • adam

    at least nebraska isnt a stretch geographically

    maryland and rutgers though, ok

  • Sandra Wilson

    Wow. Expand an unfair 18 game schedule to an unfair 20 game schedule. The only advantage is probably more money for the B1G. Why not two divisions? Home and away in your division and single play with other division, then championship game. Simple and fair.

  • TomJameson

    I think that having 7 home-and-homes, and 6 single plays is much better than having 5 home-and-homes and 8 single plays. I have absolutely zero problem with that.

    Is the biggest complaint about the (maybe) shorter non-conference schedule? If so, I don’t understand, because perhaps we’ll just sacrifice one cupcake.

    Even so, I’m certainly not going to worry too much about the non-conference part of the schedule. I believe that Archie will make sure we still have a good one.

  • Brad

    Or get rid of the dead weight that shouldn’t have been added in the first place. Rutgers and Maryland have no business in the Big 10. 14 teams is way too many

  • Outoftheloop

    That is a good idea…except that 2 Divisions of 7 teams (IU being 1) is only 12 games, home and away within your Division, plus 7 games for the other Division, only equals 19 games, not 20! Then allow the 20th game to make home and away with a big rival from the other Division (i.e. Purdue). Then the Championship game. To make the Divisions more fair for football swap NW to the East and MSU to the West. Then for football play all 6 in your Division plus match #7 v #7,6,5; #1 with #1,2,3 from last year’s record in the other Division. But that would make too much good sense for the B1G!

  • IUBizmark

    “Dead weight.” Maryland has a recruiting class second to none in the Big Ten so far this off season. That “dead weight” is likely the team to beat after this season for the next few years.

  • Brad

    They are on the east coast. Don’t belong in a midwest conference.

  • Brad

    Are we talking about the same Fred Glass? The same one that let Crean stay so long and kept us in mediocrity. The one that helps put together a schedule of cupcake teams that do nothing to help our team. You can have that butt puppet.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    Anything that reduces the imbalance in the single-plays is an improvement, since the Big Conferences Expansion is likely here to stay. While 20 games isn’t perfect, it adds 2 more double-plays and slightly reduces the odds of any team getting to face too many cellar-dwellers which can ultimately have an unfair impact on who earns the regular season crown.

    Two more home games against conference opponents is more interesting than home games against Little Sisters of the Poor-West and South City State College.

  • Outoftheloop

    Crean is working for ESPN as of now!