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Big Ten wants to eliminate FCS opponents

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Jim Delany speaks Friday at Big Ten media days.

Chicago – Ever since the announcement was made that college football would be entering the playoff era, the Big Ten has endorsed the idea that strength of schedule should be a key component to deciding on the four teams that make up the playoff field.

On Friday at the Big Ten’s annual media days, commissioner Jim Delany revealed a “1910” plan for scheduling for all conference teams, one that essentially eliminates playing FCS teams beginning next year.

It also includes one game against another team from a power conference, nine games in-conference, one conference championship game, and zero games outside the Football Bowl Subdivision.

“Everybody agreed,” Delany said. “We have the nine conference games. We have a commitment to schedule an intersectional game. We have a conference championship and we have the commitment to play only FBS opponents.

“It’s really a commitment to FBS. I imagine if someone had a contractual issue we’d take a look at that. But this is the template that everybody thinks is best going forward."

Delany added the plan isn’t a hard and fast rule, but more of an agreement between athletic directors. Some teams still have FCS teams on future schedules – Michigan State is set to host Furman next year – and Delany added that contractual obligations would be considered moving forward.