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Pac-12 considering eight-game conference model, but don’t bank on it

Larry Scott AP

Pac-12 coaches will be meeting this week. According to CBSSports’ Bruce Feldman, scheduling will be on the schedule for discussion. Specifically, coaches are interested in subtracting a conference game from its current nine-game slate.

Scheduling trends tend to lean toward adding games, not subtracting them, so it’s an interesting discussion from that angle. But it will likely stop at a discussion. Bryan Fischer, formerly of CBSSports who is now a correspondent for Pac-12 Digital, didn’t have a lot of faith that the Pac-12 would move to an eight-game schedule when I asked him earlier today.

And then there’s the Pac-12 Networks to consider. Pac-12 members play nine conference because it provides more inventory for its official third-tier carrier. To subtract a conference game would be surprising.

The Big Ten is going to a nine-game league schedule in 2016 and it wouldn’t be surprising if the SEC ultimately followed suit. The ACC has been back and forth on a nine or eight-game league slate, the most recent decision in favor of the latter coming last October. Though the ACC’s announcement of a grant of rights has kick-started discussions of an ACC network, the contract between Notre Dame and the ACC to play five football games a year could keep the eight-conference game schedule around.

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5 Responses to “Pac-12 considering eight-game conference model, but don’t bank on it”
  1. addict2sport says: Apr 30, 2013 12:18 PM

    Sure would be nice if the Pac12 Network and Verizon FiOS would reach a deal.

  2. mydixienormus says: Apr 30, 2013 12:40 PM

    If it’s good for the goose…

  3. bertenheim says: Apr 30, 2013 12:41 PM

    The last thing College Football needs is for the SEC to have another reason to justify its eight-game conference schedule.

  4. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 30, 2013 1:28 PM

    The SEC will be discussing expanding the SEC schedule to 9 games during their meetings in late May in Destin, FL, according to AD Aleva and others at LSU who are waiting on this decision because expansion to a 9 game conference schedule would nix plans to add Wisconsin to the schedule any time soon.

  5. thekatman says: Apr 30, 2013 2:05 PM

    All BCS Bowl eligible conferences must play the same number of in-conference games, and 9 seems to be the number that works well. Additionally, these bowl eligible conferences must not play any OOC games with very low ranked teams, in order to amp up the win column. If schools insist on playing cupcake games then that win should be stricken from consideration for division/conference game and bowl game eligibility. Those wins just dilute the value of the win column.

    As for the Pac-12 considering going to an 8 game schedule. NO!What is the value in doing so? An 8 game conference schedule will eliminate most of the traditional games that the Pac has enjoyed over the many decades of college football.

    The workable solution is to set up 4 super conferences with 16 teams each, enact a 16 game schedule with 1 OOC conference game with another D1 school, like USC vs Notre Dame. This way all schools play each other.

    BTW: When will the Pac-12 Network strike up a deal with FiOS? And don’t tell me to change to Time/Warner or another provider. That’s unacceptable.

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