Big Ten Championship Game Likely

Commissioner Jim Delany expects the Big Ten to hold a championship game next season, when Nebraska joins and brings the league to 12 teams.

He also says teams will likely play nine conference games instead of eight in the future to help preserve rivalries.

He says expanding the Big Ten schedule will “be really helpful to us” and that there’s “a real consensus among our athletic directors to do that.” He says he’s hopeful it can happen within three or four years.

The timetable for the championship game is much sooner.

Delany expects there to be one next season, although he’s not sure where it would be played and whether the site would rotate. He’s also not sure how the divisions would be aligned.

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