Behind The Big Ten 2020 Re-Scheduling

Iceland12

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It's a long article and behind a paywall but here's most of the section talking about the Friday night scheduling.

"The original Big Ten schedule included two Friday night contests — Indiana at Wisconsin and Iowa at Minnesota — plus a Black Friday game between Nebraska and Minnesota. With the new schedule, five of the first six weeks contain Friday night contests. Only Nov. 6 will be an idle Friday during that span with multiple schools canceling practice to ensure athletes can vote on Nov. 3.

“Friday is still seen as a great exposure opportunity for student-athletes, where it’s not going to be the normal number of games or even from a practice standpoint, the ability for NFL scouts or others to be able to attend practices,” Kenny said. “Having those kinds of windows where there’s only one Big Ten game going on, and potentially only one college football game going on, that’s a great opportunity for branding for that institution, and those student-athletes, and the fan base, etc...

Wisconsin will host the league kickoff on a Friday night against Illinois, and the Gophers and Hawkeyes will play for Floyd of Rosedale on a Friday, too. The Black Friday date remains in place, only the traditional Nebraska-Iowa series returns to that day. The other two games involve Minnesota, too. On Oct. 30, the Gophers play at Maryland, and on Nov. 20, they play host to Purdue.

“Minnesota, I think they’ve really benefited in the past from the opening Thursday night games, some of the Friday night games that they played, and obviously (they) have been asking for the primetime situation in certain years past,” Kenny said. “(Minnesota AD) Mark (Coyle) and his team have always been very receptive to having those conversations because of the exposure and just the visibility that it provides. So we definitely understand that, and that’s the way that it netted out for them.”

Some schools had specific requests that the Big Ten was unable to provide. Nebraska, for instance, wanted to play at home on Friday, Nov. 20 because the school’s abbreviated finals week schedule begins Nov. 21. The league was unable to accommodate that request, but it did for when the Huskers and Hawkeyes brass wanted to resume their Black Friday game.

 

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Nebraska athletics director Bill Moos immediately objected to the schedule based on competitive imbalance. Not only did the Cornhuskers face Ohio State, but they play host to Penn State as the second cross-divisional game. Those teams were a combined 16-2 in Big Ten play last fall. Moos told the Omaha World-Herald, “I was hoping we could disassemble the schedule because of unique circumstances and rebuild it to be fair for each school in the conference."

Oh how the mighty have fallen.
 

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Nebraska athletics director Bill Moos immediately objected to the schedule based on competitive imbalance. Not only did the Cornhuskers face Ohio State, but they play host to Penn State as the second cross-divisional game. Those teams were a combined 16-2 in Big Ten play last fall. Moos told the Omaha World-Herald, “I was hoping we could disassemble the schedule because of unique circumstances and rebuild it to be fair for each school in the conference."

Oh how the mighty have fallen.
LOL, yeah they sure have. Similar is the nugget about the league being "unable to accommodate" the Nebraska request for a Friday game on 11/20. Seems like it would've been easy enough to give that to them and shift MN - MD to Saturday...but I guess if you sue the conference you don't get many favors granted in the scheduling process.
 

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LOL, yeah they sure have. Similar is the nugget about the league being "unable to accommodate" the Nebraska request for a Friday game on 11/20. Seems like it would've been easy enough to give that to them and shift MN - MD to Saturday...but I guess if you sue the conference you don't get many favors granted in the scheduling process.
While suing might have had an effect, that game is in Champaign so it wouldn't be as simple as switching the days of individual games.
 

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We are upset about the schedule because we have to play teams from the other half of the conference not named Rutgers and Maryland but Ohio State and Penn State.

How can we possibly qualify for a bowl game or have a record over .500 playing

Ohio State
Penn State
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Iowa
Illinois
Northwestern
Purdue

as our eight game schedule? We will be underdogs in at least 5 and possibly as many as 7 of these games! When we joined the B1G, we were supposed to own the Western half of the Conference! What the Hell? Don't you understand? We are Nebraska. College football royalty!

Not so much, it seems. More like field corn.
 

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If you are a B10 schedule maker, you have one goal. Give the teams with the highest probability of making the college playoffs the best schedule possible, while making it seem fair and equitable. NE is a great crossover for Penn State and OSU. Name seems tough, team is not. Great for gettibg votes without threatening defeat of one of your high probability CFP participants. Sorry NE, you will get yours if you start to win. Until then you are fodder for the big boys.
 

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Just an example ,since NE joined the BIG WI has played tOSU eight times and NE five times.
I think the NE AD and coach live in such a bubble of adoration that they fail to realize how their constant whining looks to those of us outside of the bubble.
It would be better for the BIG and NE if NE rejoined the Big 12.
 

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Just an example ,since NE joined the BIG WI has played tOSU eight times and NE five times.
I think the NE AD and coach live in such a bubble of adoration that they fail to realize how their constant whining looks to those of us outside of the bubble.
It would be better for the BIG and NE if NE rejoined the Big 12.
Idiotic. But not surprising. You continue to struggle with some really basic concepts
 
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