Big Ten Commissioner Reveals If He Wants College Football Playoff Expansion. SEC Fans Won’t Be Happy

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Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany sounded more than open to the idea of college football playoff expansion in some recent comments.

Expansion has been on everybody’s mind since we went to a four team playoff, but it really seems like it’s gained more traction this year than before. If the head of the Big Ten is behind the idea, it could only be a matter of time before a change is made. (RELATED: The College Football Playoff Teams Have Been Announced. Some Fans Will Be Enraged)

Delany told The Athletic the following Tuesday, according to Sports Illustrated:

The Big Ten would be happy to discuss structure issues with colleagues. It’s probably a good idea, given all of the conversations and noise around the issue, to have discussions with our colleagues … The Big Ten would definitely have conversations.

This is exactly the kind of momentum and power behind the movement we need in order to get an expanded playoff.

The Big Ten is arguably the most powerful conference in all of college sports. Yes, there’s arguments to be made for other conferences, but the Big Ten is cash rich and geographically huge. The conference’s distribution to each school is more than $50 million, which puts them ahead of everybody else by a mile.

When the men with the deepest pockets start pushing for a change, then you’re bound to see some stuff get shaken up.

Now, I also understand the Big Ten wants expansion because it’s been left out two years in a row. Don’t blame the B1G for pushing for it after getting left out. The job of Delany is to look out for the conference. Ohio State won the conference title two years in a row, and never got a shot to play for the national championship. That’s a problem.


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Trust me, I really am starting to think it’s only a matter of time. Get onboard or get out of the way. Change is coming.

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