Notes on Pac-12-Big Ten collaboration
December, 28, 2011
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com
Just chatted with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, who will be doing a teleconference with reporters later this afternoon, about the new collaboration with the Big Ten. Here are some notes.
- Starting in 2017, there will be a full slate of home-and-home series between the conferences. Yes, that means Ohio State will play in Pullman and Michigan will go to Corvallis. And vice versa. This isn't just about matching the big stadium teams and the smaller stadium teams.
- Count on there also being plenty of special event matchups at marquee neutral sites -- such as NFL stadiums. There is plenty of room for creativity in order to generate more revenue.
- It has not yet been worked out exactly how home-and-home payouts will go, but Scott said it's not a concern. It's likely it will end up function as a typical home-and-home series would.
- Things won't really get rolling with a full schedule between the conferences until 2017 because many teams have already done significant future nonconference scheduling. But you could notice an uptick in the number of Big Ten and Pac-12 football games as soon as 2013.
- While Scott said the conference might soon revisit the nine-game conference schedule -- "a fresh conversation" -- he also said there's not much momentum behind reverting back to an eight-game slate.
- This collaboration will start to be felt in basketball and Olympic sports almost immediately, including next school year.
2:00 PM ET Washington State Colorado State 3:30 PM ET 20 Fresno State 25 USC 5:30 PM ET Buffalo San Diego State 9:00 PM ET Tulane Louisiana-Lafayette
6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
12:00 PM ET Rutgers Notre Dame 3:20 PM ET Cincinnati North Carolina 6:45 PM ET Miami (FL) 18 Louisville 10:15 PM ET Michigan Kansas State
11:45 AM ET Middle Tennessee Navy 3:15 PM ET Ole Miss Georgia Tech 6:45 PM ET 10 Oregon Texas 10:15 PM ET 14 Arizona State Texas Tech
12:30 PM ET Arizona Boston College 2:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 17 UCLA 4:00 PM ET Rice Mississippi State 8:00 PM ET 24 Duke 21 Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET Nebraska 22 Georgia 12:00 PM ET UNLV North Texas 1:00 PM ET Iowa 16 LSU 1:00 PM ET 19 Wisconsin 9 South Carolina 5:00 PM ET 5 Stanford 4 Michigan State 8:30 PM ET 15 UCF 6 Baylor
7:30 PM ET 13 Oklahoma State 8 Missouri 8:30 PM ET 12 Clemson 7 Ohio State