Report: Eliminating divisions among scheduling conversations in B1G
The B1G is reportedly discussing the option of eliminating its two divisions as it plans for future scheduling, according to a report from The Athletic.
Scott Dochterman of The Athletic spoke with Iowa athletic director and former College Football Playoff chairman Gary Barta recently regarding future scheduling options in the B1G. There’s at least some consideration that the B1G could do away with the East and West divisions and have the top two teams in the league compete in the B1G Championship Game.
Since the B1G established the East and West divisions in 2014, the East is undefeated in the B1G Championship Game. Ohio State has claimed 5 conference titles in that span and Michigan State, Penn State and Michigan have each won one.
It’s not the only significant change under consideration.
According to the report, the B1G is also thinking about reducing the number of conference games down to 8 — the current total for the SEC and ACC — so that it can schedule future series with the Pac-12 and ACC.
Over the summer, the B1G, ACC and Pac-12 formed “The Alliance” in response to the SEC adding college athletics powers Texas and Oklahoma. Creating future matchups between the three conferences would be part of the benefit of working together to create more interesting Power 5 games.
Barta says there’s still a lot to be determined, but the conversations have been ongoing. There’s also a hope to get something figured out following the 2022 season.
You can read more from The Athletic here.