Big Ten to eliminate FCS schools from football schedule

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Big Ten to eliminate FCS schools from football schedule

CREATED Feb. 13, 2013

Wisconsin Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez says Big Ten officials have recently agreed to stop scheduling nonconference football games against FCS programs. FCS schools include teams that would be considered mid-majors in college basketball.

In the past, the Badgers have played FCS teams such as Northern Iowa, South Dakota and Austin Peay. Alvarez said in a radio interview with WIBA in Madison, "The nonconference schedule in our league is ridiculous...It's not very appealing..."

"So we've made an agreement that our future games will all be Division I schools. It will not be FCS schools."

Alvarez didn't say exactly when the agreement would take effect, but it won't be in 2013. The Badgers will play Tennessee Tech on September 7 at Camp Randall.

Most likely, the schedule will reflect the change in 2014 when Rutgers and Maryland are added to the conference.

Most power conference teams load the early part of their schedule with cupcakes, but it will be interesting to see how (or if) that changes when the NCAA adopts a playoff system to determine the national champion.

In my perfect world, a team from a power conference would only play other power conference teams in the nonconference portion of their schedule. One of the issues with the idea is the "cupcakes" would stand to lose out on a significant amount of revenue. Why do schools like Buffalo come to Madison to play a superior team? Because of the money their program receives for doing so. It's absurd.

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