On his monthly radio show, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said last night that the Big Ten Conference agreed to stop scheduling nonconference games against Football Championship Subdivision programs - though he didn't say when that would take effect.
"The nonconference schedule in our league is ridiculous," Alvarez said during his monthly radio show on WIBA-AM. "It's not very appealing..."
It's another angle in the shift that's coming in college football, and to the Big Ten, with the four-team playoff (and an added emphasis on strength of schedule) looming, as well as the shift to either a nine- or ten-game Big Ten football schedule starting in 2016, plus the addition of Maryland and Rutgers in 2014.
It's worth looking at 18 months down the road, when Michigan is scheduled to play Appalachian State in August of 2014 - a rematch of one of the more notable FCS upsets in the last 10 years. Will it still happen?
Per the Big Ten Network, Michigan and Penn State are the only Big Ten teams who don't have FCS opponents on their 2013 schedules. A list of Big Ten teams that do:
- Indiana vs. Indiana State
- Illinois vs. Southern Illinois
- Iowa vs. Missouri State
- Michigan State vs. Youngstown State
- Minnesota vs. Western Illinois
- Nebraska vs. South Dakota State
- Northwestern vs. Maine
- Ohio State vs. Florida A&M
- Purdue vs. Indiana State
- Wisconsin vs. Tennessee Tech