Bret Bielema wants another shot at the B1G
Bret Bielema misses the B1G.
The former Wisconsin coach left the nation’s oldest conference in 2012 to take the Arkansas job in the SEC. So far, that move hasn’t worked out yet, considering Bielema is just 6-16 in conference. Compare that to the 37-19 record he racked up in the B1G with Wisconsin.
Perhaps that’s why Bielema wants a chance to face his former foes again.
Bret Bielema proposes a Big Ten-SEC challenge like ACC-Big Ten challenge in hoops. "You've got to think outside the box." Oh, to dream …
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 18, 2015
Bielema has voiced his opinions freely about Ohio State’s strength of schedule compared to a typical SEC team. His idea, though idealistic, would silence all of the regular-season discussion about strength of conference.
Bowl season usually ends that argument because of the fact that the conference’s could have as many as five matchups with each other. The regular season, however, is usually a different story.
The two conferences only had one meeting this year, which saw Alabama roll past an injury-depleted Wisconsin team in the season opener. Bielema’s former team also squared off with LSU in Texas last year but fell. Indiana, however, did knock off SEC East champ Missouri on the road.
Michigan has future matchups against Bielema’s Arkansas squad and Florida. Wisconsin will take on LSU at Lambeau Field next year, Purdue has a home-and-home with Missouri and Nebraska has a home-and-home with Tennessee starting in 2025. Other than that, 10 B1G teams don’t have games set up with an SEC school for 10 years.
Instead of just one game between the two conferences during the regular season, every school from both 14-team conferences would be involved. It would force the two conferences to have a built-in Power-Five matchup on a yearly basis.
But a move like that likely wouldn’t work until the early-mid-2020’s with several non-conference dates already filled up.
For now, it’s just a thought we’d all like to see come to fruition.