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(09-15-2020 02:30 PM)Transic_nyc Wrote:  

When I hear one of these idiots actually announce it, then I will believe it.
09-15-2020 04:06 PM
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Many players already opted out and have begun training for the NFL draft. Some football is better than no football but this will be more watered down than had they just started with everyone else. Yes, some had already opted out but the no end in sight certainly didn't help, especially when the conference declared there would be no second guessing. Wrong again!
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Big Ten Votes to Begin Football Season in October

https://watchstadium.com/big-ten-votes-t...9-16-2020/
09-16-2020 09:44 AM
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So an 8-game schedule with everyone playing a 9th game against the team that finishes in the same spot in the standings? So the top two play for the championship and the 2nd place teams play each other, etc. I like the idea and have thought about the same thing but instead of playing the team that finished in the same position, make it a secondary rivalry game as long as there are no repeats from earlier in the season. Picking the backups isn't easy but it would allow for everyone to play more often. It's a long shot at best though.
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(09-16-2020 05:34 PM)GE and MTS Wrote:  So an 8-game schedule with everyone playing a 9th game against the team that finishes in the same spot in the standings? So the top two play for the championship and the 2nd place teams play each other, etc. I like the idea and have thought about the same thing but instead of playing the team that finished in the same position, make it a secondary rivalry game as long as there are no repeats from earlier in the season. Picking the backups isn't easy but it would allow for everyone to play more often. It's a long shot at best though.

The CBS Sports article mentioned the 9th game "could also have an impact on the College Football Playoff conversation. If Ohio State lost a game in the regular season and finished second in the Big Ten East, it would have an additional opportunity to impress the selection committee the day before the four teams in the CFP are announced."

https://www.cbssports.com/college-footba...ship-week/

My initial guess would be that the East would come down to Penn State and Ohio State and if the winner is undefeated and the loser has just one loss you would want the loser playing as good an opponent as possible so they can improve their resume so both of them have a shot at the field. Who knows, if Michigan or Michigan State is clearly better than say Iowa or Nebraska (2nd place Western team), I'd rather Ohio State or Penn State play the 3rd place Eastern team again.

Maybe this is something to look at beyond 2020. Sure, no one wants to see Rutgers play Purdue on "Championship Weekend" but I wouldn't mind seeing the two second place Big Ten teams playing an "undercard" game before the Big Ten Championship. Or in addition to an Alabama/Georgia SEC Championship, why not an additional LSU/Florida game? Often times the 2nd best team in a conference isn't the conference championship loser.
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09-18-2020 10:37 PM
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(09-17-2020 05:05 AM)schmolik Wrote:  
(09-16-2020 05:34 PM)GE and MTS Wrote:  So an 8-game schedule with everyone playing a 9th game against the team that finishes in the same spot in the standings? So the top two play for the championship and the 2nd place teams play each other, etc. I like the idea and have thought about the same thing but instead of playing the team that finished in the same position, make it a secondary rivalry game as long as there are no repeats from earlier in the season. Picking the backups isn't easy but it would allow for everyone to play more often. It's a long shot at best though.

The CBS Sports article mentioned the 9th game "could also have an impact on the College Football Playoff conversation. If Ohio State lost a game in the regular season and finished second in the Big Ten East, it would have an additional opportunity to impress the selection committee the day before the four teams in the CFP are announced."

https://www.cbssports.com/college-footba...ship-week/

My initial guess would be that the East would come down to Penn State and Ohio State and if the winner is undefeated and the loser has just one loss you would want the loser playing as good an opponent as possible so they can improve their resume so both of them have a shot at the field. Who knows, if Michigan or Michigan State is clearly better than say Iowa or Nebraska (2nd place Western team), I'd rather Ohio State or Penn State play the 3rd place Eastern team again.

Maybe this is something to look at beyond 2020. Sure, no one wants to see Rutgers play Purdue on "Championship Weekend" but I wouldn't mind seeing the two second place Big Ten teams playing an "undercard" game before the Big Ten Championship. Or in addition to an Alabama/Georgia SEC Championship, why not an additional LSU/Florida game? Often times the 2nd best team in a conference isn't the conference championship loser.

I agree with most of this but I don't think rematches against the same division members is a good idea.
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