The number of conference games a college football team plays each season has been a point of contention in recent years, due in large part to the fact that strength of schedule means so much to a team's title hopes. Since, with the new playoff format, humans are now doing the judging, the subject has raised even more chatter than ever.
With the conference under a lot of scrutiny in regards to how competitive they are on a national scale, teams in the Big Ten would be in favor of playing more conference games per season to impress the playoff panel, and it seems as if Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen is on board with the idea.
“I’m good with that,” Andersen said, “as long as we’re strategic and think about what we’re doing in those other games.”
“If you play 10 games, you play 10 games and away you go,” he said. “There are pros and cons. You can sit here and debate it all day long, but if it goes that way, I’m OK with it. If it doesn’t, I’m OK with that, too.”
In the 2014 season, Andersen and the Badgers will play four non-conference opponents. The highlight of Wisconsin's 2014 non-conference schedule is a matchup with LSU in Houston on August 30. They will only play three out-of-conference contests in 2015.
- Jack Jorgensen