I like the format of the last week games on December 19: 1v1, 2v2, etc.

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While the most important game is the BT Championship game, the 2v2, 3v3 is an interesting and creative solution to bring in the 9th game. There may be a bowl game or two implication on the line for teams around .500 and the two last place teams will have pride on the line.
  • For the weekend of December 19, it will be the Big Ten Championship Game on 12/19 in Indianapolis. Also, that weekend will also match the #2 team in the West with the #2 team in the East, etc. for a 9th game!
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I like the idea too; worth it to give it a shot especially with this wild year.

Has anyone talked about the logistics of this game? Will the 2 through 7 games be at West venues one year/East the next? Neutral site where they can probably even do two games a day in like Friday/Saturday back to back double headers with no Saturday game being at same time as the championship? No reason US Bank/Ford Field couldn't host a couple games in a couple days other than prior scheduling.....
 

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Is there somewhere this is written down online? I missed watching the press conference and want to catch up on all the details.

Also, what this means to me is that if Michigan isn't on the schedule initially, we may still have a chance to play them! Obviously it'd be the best in the 1v1 spot, and I certainly take winning the West over playing for the Jug, but if we get a 2v2 game vs Michigan as a consolation I won't complain.
 

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I like the idea too; worth it to give it a shot especially with this wild year.

Has anyone talked about the logistics of this game? Will the 2 through 7 games be at West venues one year/East the next? Neutral site where they can probably even do two games a day in like Friday/Saturday back to back double headers with no Saturday game being at same time as the championship? No reason US Bank/Ford Field couldn't host a couple games in a couple days other than prior scheduling.....
In a normal year they can’t do it, because only the championship game is exempt from the rule that a max of 12 games are allowed.

Since 12 teams = 6 games will be outside the championship this year, it should be even number of host sites West/East.

Thiugh clearly weather “should” be a factor, the weekend before Xmas could be pretty bad in Mpls.
 

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I like the idea too; worth it to give it a shot especially with this wild year.

Has anyone talked about the logistics of this game? Will the 2 through 7 games be at West venues one year/East the next? Neutral site where they can probably even do two games a day in like Friday/Saturday back to back double headers with no Saturday game being at same time as the championship? No reason US Bank/Ford Field couldn't host a couple games in a couple days other than prior scheduling.....
If we do this next year I hope it's by choice and not by necessity like it is this year. Though, I do think it could give us an advantage moving forward in terms of the CFB rankings. While there is potential for a highly ranked team to blow it and drop in the final rankings, there is also potential for a middle ranked team to demolish a low or unranked team, or play a close game vs a highly ranked team and get a boost. Could mean more B1G teams in the NY6 non-playoff bowls.
 

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Is there somewhere this is written down online? I missed watching the press conference and want to catch up on all the details.

Also, what this means to me is that if Michigan isn't on the schedule initially, we may still have a chance to play them! Obviously it'd be the best in the 1v1 spot, and I certainly take winning the West over playing for the Jug, but if we get a 2v2 game vs Michigan as a consolation I won't complain.
Especially if we host, beat them on an unseasonably warm day ( so like, mid 30’s), and take the Jug for a good long time!
 

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Especially if we host, beat them on an unseasonably warm day ( so like, mid 30’s), and take the Jug for a good long time!
Should the 2021 and onward seasons stay as scheduled we don't play Michigan in the regular season again until 2023.

It will be interesting what games are scheduled though. I would think they may try to keep the cross over games pretty much as they were supposed to be for the original 2020 season and just drop one. In which case, we may still get to play Michigan this season regardless.
 

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I wouldn’t be opposed to having an ACC/B1G type challenge with the East vs. West on championship weekend every year.

They won’t do it because they already dropped a non conference game recently, but it would be fun.
 

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I wouldn’t be opposed to having an ACC/B1G type challenge with the East vs. West on championship weekend every year.

They won’t do it because they already dropped a non conference game recently, but it would be fun.
That could only work if everyone plays only 11 regular season games and then the champ/challenge week is the 12th. Or if the rules were updated to let every team play a 13th game on champ week.
 

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That could only work if everyone plays only 11 regular season games and then the champ/challenge week is the 12th. Or if the rules were updated to let every team play a 13th game on champ week.
I think this could be really nice. It definitely could revive a lot of rivalries that were broken due to conference changes and whatnot. It would depend on the stipulations though, is it literally "You can play a 13th game vs anyone, in conference or not"? Is it "You can play a 13th game, but it must be in-conference"? Does it or does it not have an effect on your CFP ranking? Lots of questions, but I think they could all be addressed.
 

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Wouldn’t mind seeing a challenge with the PAC or ACC. Could also help get Big Ten to 10 conf games as well, which is more fair (in the home/away sense) then 9.
 

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I'm just hoping we get a shot at Wisky, Meeechigan, Nebby, and I-O-W-A to fill the trophy case...

Having that happen under the cloud of 2020 would be an eternal ray of sunshine.
 

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I'm just hoping we get a shot at Wisky, Meeechigan, Nebby, and I-O-W-A to fill the trophy case...

Having that happen under the cloud of 2020 would be an eternal ray of sunshine.
The internet meme trophy for Nebraska will never go in our trophy case. Sorry

No problem using it to raise money for a good cause.
 

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I'm just hoping we get a shot at Wisky, Meeechigan, Nebby, and I-O-W-A to fill the trophy case...

Having that happen under the cloud of 2020 would be an eternal ray of sunshine.
If we only get a chance at 3 of 4, and go 3 for 3 I won't complain though....
 

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Maybe I missed it but do we already know the schedule?
 

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thinking out loud - what if that system was used to schedule the cross-over games between divisions?
So, for instance, if the Gophers finished 2nd in the West, they would play the #2 team from the East in one of the cross-over games the next year? that might eliminate some of the griping about how some teams get "easier" cross-over schedules.
 

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thinking out loud - what if that system was used to schedule the cross-over games between divisions?
So, for instance, if the Gophers finished 2nd in the West, they would play the #2 team from the East in one of the cross-over games the next year? that might eliminate some of the griping about how some teams get "easier" cross-over schedules.
I think your idea would work better if the BT grabbed two more teams and went to four divisions of four teams. Could play your 3, then play all 4 from another div, rotating every three years, then play the same ranked team from the other two divs. The 10th game could be a “long term matchup” against a team outside your division, either a rivalry or whatever.

For example of divisions:
Minn, Iowa St, Wisc, NW
Neb, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue
Indiana, Ohio St, Mich, Mich St
Penn St, Maryland, Rutgers, UConn*

* there are many ACC schools I’d much rather have here, but not sure if that’s ever going to be possible.
 

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I enjoy looking at bowl projections and seeing where we arr fitting in. So far redbox bowl is only one canceled and no projections out yet since big10 renewed season.
 

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I think your idea would work better if the BT grabbed two more teams and went to four divisions of four teams. Could play your 3, then play all 4 from another div, rotating every three years, then play the same ranked team from the other two divs. The 10th game could be a “long term matchup” against a team outside your division, either a rivalry or whatever.

For example of divisions:
Minn, Iowa St, Wisc, NW
Neb, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue
Indiana, Ohio St, Mich, Mich St
Penn St, Maryland, Rutgers, UConn*

* there are many ACC schools I’d much rather have here, but not sure if that’s ever going to be possible.
So you think the solution to playing rivals more is to put us in a division with Iowa State and every third year our schedule would be:
Iowa State, Wisconsin, northwestern (Iowa - locked rival), Maryland, Rutgers, UConn, Michigan (2nd team in that division), Illinois (second team in that division)

Iowa State
@wisconsin
Northwestern
@iowa
Maryland
@rutgers
UConn
@michigan
Illinois

first of all your solution only leads to only 9 games
Second of all it leads to a schedule that is ASS

not better
 

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So you think the solution to playing rivals more is to put us in a division with Iowa State and every third year our schedule would be:
Iowa State, Wisconsin, northwestern (Iowa - locked rival), Maryland, Rutgers, UConn, Michigan (2nd team in that division), Illinois (second team in that division)

Iowa State
@wisconsin
Northwestern
@iowa
Maryland
@rutgers
UConn
@michigan
Illinois

first of all your solution only leads to only 9 games
Second of all it leads to a schedule that is ASS

not better
I said all teams in a division, so you missed Penn St as the 10th game, in that particular year.

Noting that Iowa would want to play Minn and Iowa St every year (and likely would be grateful to rid themselves of Wisconsin every year), the first two divisions would work better as:
Neb, Iowa, Iowa St, Minn
Wisc, NW, Illinois, Purdue

Then Wisc would be our “long term matchup” (that would never change in our case). Most teams won’t have such an obvious rival for that 10th game. Really the axe and Indy/Purdue. I’d probably start out with Iowa/NW, ISU/Ill, Neb/*, Mich/Rut, PSU/MSU, OSU/Mary.

My perfect team for * would be Pitt. ACC would happily backfill with Notre Dane as a full member.
 

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If the big ten adds more teams they should add 6 more teams and split into two ten team divisions. Play 12 conference games and have the divisions be

the big ten division
Minnesota
Iowa
Wisconsin
Northwestern
Illinois
Ohio state
Michigan
Michigan state
Purdue
Indiana

the ass division
Nebraska
Penn state
Maryland
Rutgers
6 new teams Nebraska can pick 3 and penn state can pick 3
 

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While the most important game is the BT Championship game, the 2v2, 3v3 is an interesting and creative solution to bring in the 9th game. There may be a bowl game or two implication on the line for teams around .500 and the two last place teams will have pride on the line.
  • For the weekend of December 19, it will be the Big Ten Championship Game on 12/19 in Indianapolis. Also, that weekend will also match the #2 team in the West with the #2 team in the East, etc. for a 9th game!
Go Gophers!!
I was looking for the mysterious ways in which Covid can benefit society and finally found it in Rutgers vs. Nebraska II
 

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If the big ten adds more teams they should add 6 more teams and split into two ten team divisions. Play 12 conference games and have the divisions be

the big ten division
Minnesota
Iowa
Wisconsin
Northwestern
Illinois
Ohio state
Michigan
Michigan state
Purdue
Indiana

the ass division
Nebraska
Penn state
Maryland
Rutgers
6 new teams Nebraska can pick 3 and penn state can pick 3
So your silly, childish view is that being “original” is “non-ass” while being new is “ass”.

Iowa, Indiana, Ohio State, and Michigan State were not founding members of the Big Ten.

:rolleyes:
 

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So your silly, childish view is that being “original” is “non-ass” while being new is “ass”.

Iowa, Indiana, Ohio State, and Michigan State were not founding members of the Big Ten.

:rolleyes:
That’s true. But it wasn’t the big ten until 1950 and all of them were present starting in 1950.

And if the teams you suggested are the teams we add...tell me this isn’t an ass division
Nebraska
Penn state
Maryland
Rutgers
Pitt
Iowa State
UConn??????????????? You literally suggested UConn I’m done.

I took you off ignore and I regret the decision. Back you go
 

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Well, I chuckled....so don't feel too bad about the "childish" comment
 

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That’s true. But it wasn’t the big ten until 1950 and all of them were present starting in 1950.

And if the teams you suggested are the teams we add...tell me this isn’t an ass division
Nebraska
Penn state
Maryland
Rutgers
Pitt
Iowa State
UConn??????????????? You literally suggested UConn I’m done.

I took you off ignore and I regret the decision. Back you go
That would never be a division.

Playing Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State brings literally zero value to Minnesota. We have next to nothing in common with them. I would not care if we never played them again.

But you pretend to care about them, because 1950? Liar
 
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