The B1G universities have agreed to stop scheduling FCS opponents. By taking cupcakes off the menu the B1G is hoping to beef up their conference strength of schedule. The strength of schedule could come in play with a selection committee for the upcoming 4-team playoffs beginning in 2015.
Wisconsin AD Barry Alverez told WIBA-AM in a radio interview, “The nonconference schedule in our league is ridiculous,” Alvarez said, “So we’ve made an agreement that our future games will all be
Division 1 [FBS] schools. It will not be FCS schools.”
This is yet another step in the B1G’s most recent efforts to improve their conference’s national reputation. The B1G announced this week it will allow night games in the month of November and is actively debating whether to expand the conference schedule to 9 or 10 games. These actions will improve the B1G’s on-field product by seeing that the conference teams play each other more frequently and eliminating the easy-win (theoretically) FCS games from the schedule.