Posted February 13, 2013

Report: Big Ten to no longer schedule FCS opponents

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Big Ten fans surely don't want to see scenes like Appalachian State's victory over Michigan in 2007. (AP Photo by Duane Burleson)

Big Ten fans surely don’t want to see scenes like Appalachian State’s victory over Michigan in 2007. (AP Photo by Duane Burleson)

The Big Ten Conference agreed to no longer schedule nonconference games against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez made the announcement on his monthly radio show Tuesday night. No official word from the conference has been made public.

According to Alvarez, Big Ten officials recently agreed to the measure. Wisconsin is set to face FCS opponent Tennessee Tech on Sept. 7 and is the only FCS opponent on their schedule. It was reported in August that Michigan will face Appalachian State in September 2014. Michigan was beaten by Appalachian State 34-32 to open the 2007 season in one college football’s biggest upsets ever.

“The nonconference schedule in our league is ridiculous,” Alvarez said on radio station WIBA-AM. “It’s not very appealing…So we’ve made an agreement that our future games will all be Division I schools. It will not be FCS schools.”

Alvarez also said that geography will play a role to realign the conference’s divisions to incorporate Maryland and Rutgers. The scheduling agreement is most likely to take place after the two new schools join the league for the 2014 season.

“You’ve got a couple schools on the bubble,” Alvarez said. “If you went straight geography, let’s start west: Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Illinois and probably Purdue is the way it seems to break down. I know Michigan State was lobbying in the West Division instead of the East.”


23 comments
TA1
TA1

That No. 4 Michigan game against App St was the most exciting ever...Little guy has a day to never forget!  I sure hate to miss those games, but with some the beat downs, I can it is as a decent decision

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

So much for the 'Little Sisters of the Poor' games. Gee.

marino.eccher
marino.eccher

This is good in general, but too bad for the few FCS programs that have meaningful relationships with (and wins against) FBS schools, like NDSU and Minnesota. Always fun to see David bop Goliath.

donald5
donald5

j7apple is right.  This will mean several FCS schools will have to cancel their football programs as well as a large number of other athletic programs at their school.  Most of them are in the red until they play an FBS team.  A lot of the smaller sports within the athletic department (softball, volleyball, soccer) depend on the payday from a game at an FBS opponent.  

ytownsports
ytownsports

The addition of a 12th regular season game to FBS schedules opened this door. It is a way to get an extra home game and the revenue it produces. It's a way for FCS teams to help their budgets and recruiting. While I agree, that season ticket holders might not like seeing FCS teams on their team's schedule, it is also true that more and more FCS teams are viable opponents, creating close games and even winning some. That, of course, is not good for the FBS programs. I don't see the problem continuing to play FCS teams as it relates to bowl eligibility. If 6 wins is the minimum, they should all be against FBS teams AND you must have a winning record, i.e., no 6-6 teams in bowl games. Finally, if your FBS team can't beat an FCS team, your team shouldn't going to a bowl, anyway.

lazzzlo1
lazzzlo1

Good, play an SEC team @ the start of the schedule.  Ohio State against Florida in September.  That would be a fun game!

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

About time. These smaller schools need to go bye bye if they can't make ends meet without getting money from the bigger schools. There is such a thing as going to college for the education kids. I can't stand schools like my own UW-M scheduling 3-5 games against low end schools just to get "X" amount of "freebie" wins. Doesn't say much about the accuracy of the team's W-L record and actual strength. 

awilson5280
awilson5280

I guess that means that Nebraska will never play Colorado again.

j7apple
j7apple

As honorable as it sounds, and it is..Some of these FCS opponents risk closing up shop as they rely heavily on being a doormat to collect the huge fees that come with it.

l.czolgosz66
l.czolgosz66

I applaud this decision! Now get the SEC to agree to this as well. Yeah, yeah, I know what the SEC apologists are going to scream, "we have to because we have so many tough conference games." WRONG! Most of those top SEC teams avoid those tough conference games, Alabama was proof of that last year. No game against , UGA, USC or Florida in the regular season? What a crock.

StephenMichaelW
StephenMichaelW

This is a great starting point.   But most teams now have a set schedule which isn't going to change.   Its like getting Florida to travel somewhere to play a great team (ie Oregon)....not going to happen.   Or adjusting the SEC teams who at the end of November schedule a Div II team so they can rest....not going to happen...too much $$$$ at stake.

Paul E
Paul E

Yea, your talking about the whole SEC you realize!

rwidger
rwidger

Well it's about time!!!  Anyone who schedules an FCS opponent should automatically be BCS inelligible.

donald5
donald5

 @Wisconsin Death Trip Every school depends on something to get their budget.  What sources of funding an athletic department are legitimate in your eyes?  If you don't have a FBS team, screw all your sports (pretty much all of an FCS schools athletic budget is dependent on those paydays)  Are you saying some girl that wants to play competitive volleyball in college but couldn't move away from home should have her teams funding pulled because her school's football team isn't good enough to move up to FBS?  

ytownsports
ytownsports

 @Wisconsin Death Trip What do you do about most of the FBS programs which run at a huge deficit? Should be forced to drop to FCS? In reality, there are probably less than 30 FBS schools which "make ends meet" with their football/athletic programs. Let's break 'em up into 3 or 4 leagues ("The Elite East, The Marvelous Midwest, The Prodigious Prairie, and the Wonderful West). The 4 league champions qualify for a 4-game National Championship bracket. All the others get paired up in meaningless bowl games (not much different than now).

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @l.czolgosz66 And if the horse was not dead enough, here comes another beating.   A worn out argument does not come back to life by sheer repetition.

donald5
donald5

 @l.czolgosz66 Alabama had the 19th ranked SOS in 2012.  Not a single Big 10 team had a higher SOS.  I think Alabama is doing just fine.

rjk256
rjk256

 @StephenMichaelW 

 

UF doesn't really need to, it pretty consistently has OOC games with in-state rivals like Miami and FLA St - UF falls into a different bucket in that regard - they can stay home in state and get great OOC games

ytownsports
ytownsports

Most FBS programs are too awful to be a factor in the BCS, anyway.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @l.czolgosz66  West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami, Clemson, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, BYU, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Nebraska.  Some of the teams that show up on recent past or near future SEC schedules.  Your whining complaint is based on a myth, not fact.    Life is good.  Thanks for caring.