A pact between two of the top conferences in the FBS has been called off, leaving potentially great out-of-conference matchups for the imagination.
In a joint release, the Big Ten and Pac-12 called off their collaborative scheduling agreement that would have began in 2017. It appears the deal proved too difficult for the Pac-12 teams with nine conference games on the 12-game slate.
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney admitted that scheduling 12 football contests per year between the two conferences may not be feasible at this time.
Jim Delany says "... coordinating a non-conference football schedule for 24 teams across two conferences proved to be too difficult."—
Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) July 13, 2012
In November, the two conferences agreed on the deal, and had been working since then on a schedule that would benefit both conferences. Ultimately though, the deal fell through.