The Big Ten spring meetings are next Tuesday and Wednesday in Chicago. The media covered these last year because Nebraska was added as a member of the conference. The big news item this year may well be the addition of a ninth conference football game. We can only hope. It means, if that happens in several years, that some schools will have four home league games and five away and then of course they will have to flip flop the following year. But it can be worked out.
The point is it adds a decent game to already watered down schedules. September is almost a joke anymore. Teams pile up three to four easy non conference wins and getting to a bowl game is far more doable because you only need six to qualify and there are 35 bowl games to be filled. Whatever happened to a reward in the post season for regular season excellence? That concept is long gone.
Adding a ninth conference game is a step in the right direction. Even adding a 13th game to make it work is okay for me. Just eliminate the lousy match ups and make each Saturday qualify for the fans. As Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says, "We want good competition." Adding a ninth game is a step in the right direction.