• Loading stock data...
Tuesday, April 23, 2024
  • -
    days
  • -
    hours
  • -
    minutes
  • -
    seconds

Big Ten Schedule Scraps Divisions, Keeps Rivalries

  • Initial football slates for 2024, 2025 reflect new national footprint.
  • Big 12 reportedly makes expansion-oriented site visit to University of Memphis.
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten Conference has given an early look of how its new national footprint will work competitively.

Following the dramatic addition of USC and UCLA to create college sports’ first coast-to-coast conference, the Big Ten unveiled football schedule templates for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. Ending the conference’s divisional format, all 16 teams will use a new “flex protect plus” model which blends rotating opponents and protected rivalries.

Each team will still play nine intraconference games per year, and face every other conference opponent at least twice in a four-year period.

Perhaps most critically, rivalries such as Michigan-Ohio State and UCLA-USC that are a bedrock of college football will remain annual fixtures.

The format will be a key showcase in the conference’s $7 billion set of media rights deals with CBS, Fox, and NBC.

More Big 12 Moves?

Realignment that has rocked college sports in recent years could be continuing as Big 12 executives reportedly visited the University of Memphis to conduct “due diligence” toward potential conference expansion.

While Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark denied making the visit, Memphis has long desired to join a Power Five conference. Yormark also said earlier this month the conference has a “plan” for additional expansion after the July 1 arrivals of BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF in its aim to become a national entity.

Linkedin
Whatsapp
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

‘Give Them the Real’: Why Dawn Staley ‘Spoiled’ Local South Carolina Reporters

Staley’s love for the local media leads to more coverage and passionate fans.

No Subscription Totals? Netflix’s Decision Could Impact Sports Plans

The streaming giant says a focus on subscriber totals doesn’t reflect the full state of the company.

Utah Fans Rush for Season Tickets (for a New NHL Team With No Name)

More than 20,000 season-ticket deposits have been made for the newly relocated NHL team.

Players Accused of Sexual Misconduct Can Still Compete, Feds Say

New Title IX rules ban suspending accused athletes until a school investigation occurs.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

Randy Johnson, Bird Savior

0:00
0:00

Featured Today

Everything You Need To Know About the Legal Attempts To Kill the ACC

Four lawsuits involving the conference, Clemson, and FSU could determine the future.
April 20, 2024

A Bare-Knuckle Fighter Won His Pro Debut. The Far Right Scored a Marketing Win

With Proud Boys sponsoring him, experts say extremist groups will use his success to elevate their ideologies and recruit new believers.
April 7, 2024

Women’s Basketball Finally Has a TV Deal to Match the Excitement. Now What?

A lucrative new media-rights contract could rectify problems of the past, but the future of March Madness media rights is anyone’s guess.
Mar 16, 2024; Washington, D.C., USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Burns Jr. (30) cuts the net after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels for the ACC Conference Championship at Capital One Arena.
April 6, 2024

How Two College Seniors Helped DJ Burns Cash In on a Final Four Run

Two college seniors are facilitating deals for NC State’s big man.

Careers

Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Live Nation
Multiple - USA Careers
Adidas
Multiple - USA Careers
FanDuel
Multiple - USA Careers
Dec 27, 2023; San Diego, CA, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Kyron Hudson (10) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Louisville Cardinals during the first half at Petco Park.

Hearings Have Concluded in the Pivotal USC Athlete Employment Case. What’s Next?

The potentially landmark labor case could end the NCAA amateurism model.
April 17, 2024

NCAA Made Empty Threats to Jim Harbaugh over Lawyer’s Twitter Posts

The attorney kept criticizing the NCAA on social media after the October warning.
April 19, 2024

Memphis and FedEx Strike Unique Corporate NIL Deal For $25 Million

The logistics company has a long-standing relationship with the university.
Sponsored

Rapid Returns: How Technology Is Getting You Back to Your Seat

How Oracle’s POS technology is helping fans get back to their seats faster.
April 11, 2024

‘Nothing Is Off the Table’: New AAC Commissioner Isn’t Afraid of the Controversial Ideas

Tim Pernetti told reporters he’s specifically interested in private equity—and didn’t rule out athlete employment or unionization models.
April 10, 2024

Deion Sanders: NFL Teams Manipulate Draft Positions

Coach Prime joined ‘Front Office Sports Today’ to discuss the state of college football.
April 10, 2024

Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer Retires With ACC Move Looming

She set the all-time coaching record with 1,216 wins.
April 9, 2024

John Calipari’s Kentucky Exit Is As Slow and Awkward As a Dog in a Stroller

Calipari steps away from Kentucky with the Arkansas deal still unofficial.