Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; A general view of the Big Ten logo prior to the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Big Ten v.s. Big Ten Non-Conference Games: Good Idea Or Bad Idea?


In this edition of the Writing Illini roundtable, the staff takes a look at Big Ten football and the idea of Big Ten v.s. Big Ten non-conference games. So, let’s get right down to it. Are Big Ten v.s. Big Ten non-conference games good, or bad, for the Big Ten overall?

Writing Illini welcomes in Barry Leonard Jr. from the Fansided Penn State site, Victory Bell Rings for his take on this potentially game changing scenario.

Ricky: I hate this idea. Focus your attention on getting better as a conference and playing teams from the Pac-12, SEC, and Big 12. However, that being said, I would be okay with the idea if a team was not going to play a rival in Big Ten conference play. As an Illini fan, I hate having OSU and Indy in the other division because I love rivalry games. For example, I’d be okay with an OSU/Illini non-conference game in 2016.

Ryan: Financially, it’s a great idea for the B1G. Keep playing each other and keep all of the money generated from those meetings in the family. A better question, though, would be this: Would B1G vs. B1G non-conference match-ups be good for keeping the fans attention, or would there be apathy from the various fan bases from the resulting over-saturation point while seeing the same teams play each other year in and year out?

I’ve always preferred the exotic match-ups, but good ones, not the throw away cupcake games where the winner is determined long before the game is ever played. In that respect, playing another B1G team should mean a game that could go either way, but thinking about all this still leaves me wondering if boredom would set in from seeing the same teams over and over, year after year.

Austin: Hate it. Okay. You are going to play a conference opponent…but it won’t really count. While we are at it, let’s pit THE Ohio State University against a pack of velociraptors. Maybe Sparty can take on a heard of unicorns. I guess maybe I don’t understand the logic in it. If you want to play tougher opponents, schedule them. Don’t do something like this.

Barry: The Big Ten vs. Big Ten non-conference games is my favorite idea. In a perfect world, I’d prefer scheduling games against other major conference foes, but we all know that doesn’t always happen. If the alternative to a Big Ten vs. Big Ten non-conference game is an “easy” opponent, then I prefer it, otherwise, I’d like to see Big Ten teams focus more on scheduling teams from the SEC and PAC 12.

The Writing Illini staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer, co-editor Ryan Kraemer, and staff writer, Austin Jabs.

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  • smokeybandit

    No thanks. With 9-game conference schedule coming, the only allure to playing a B1G team OOC is if it’s a game with relevance to it. Penn State vs. Nebraska would be one since they are only going to play every few years now. But just the same, there are 9 conference games. You’re going to see everyone’s OOC schedules tamed down some because it’s just not worth it.