Pac-12 commissioner calls for B1G to play 8 league games instead of 9
In August, the Big Ten, ACC, and Pac-12 announced an alliance. With the SEC poaching Oklahoma and Texas from the Big 12, the 3 other Power 5 leagues banded together to promise future non-conference games within The Alliance.
Early on this season, Ohio State played Oregon in everything the league commissioners hope to eventually provide. The matchup in Columbus was a cross-country clash between two reigning league champions and then-top-15 programs. It was a marquee day and one of the most-watched games of the entire college football regular-season. The commissioners plan for each one of their teams to play 2 games—home and away—each season against teams from the other 2 conferences.
They’ll be scheduled throughout the year, not just plopped at the beginning of the calendar. But…
Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff, speaking Friday ahead of the Pac-12 championship game, told members of the media he’d like to see the Big Ten alter its conference schedule to accommodate The Alliance.
George Kliavkoff says if the Big Ten reduces league games from 9 to 8, “We’re ready to go today” with more Alliance scheduling. #Pac12FCG
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 3, 2021
Both the Big Ten and the Pac-12 play 9 league games. The ACC and SEC play 8. The number has been a particular topic of contention in the College Football Playoff era. While the Big Ten claims to give its teams a tougher schedule and therefore a better resume for the CFP committee to evaluate because of the extra game, the SEC argues that it’s simply extra exposure for a CFP-run-ending loss.
In mid-November, while Ohio State was playing a ranked Purdue squad and Michigan was playing Penn State, Alabama was hosting a 1-win New Mexico State squad in an out-of-conference snoozer.
It would seem that if the Pac-12 is going to schedule more non-conference games with its Power peers in The Alliance, Kliavkoff wants them to take the place of a conference game to keep things balanced.