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Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said Sunday that although "big games matter on big stages with big ratings and a lot of attention," it was "premature to make any judgments" about the merits of the Big Ten conference, according to ESPN.   

By SI Wire
September 07, 2014

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said Sunday that although "big games matter on big stages with big ratings and a lot of attention,"  it was "premature to make any judgments" about the merits of the Big Ten conference, according to ESPN

Delany told ESPN Big Ten reporter Adam Rittenberg:

"In the three primetime games, we didn't win any. That's disappointing. I would say this: I said they would be disproportionately impactful but I didn't say they would be dispositive. We're not feeling very good but the facts are the facts. I would just say with 50 percent of the nonconference games and 100 percent of conference games remaining, it's premature to make any judgments.

"It's September 7, not December 7. I would hate to think after two weeks we'd pick any teams for anything."

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Delany added that anyone who "writes the story" of the 2014 after two weeks is doing so prematurely. 

Delany's comments came the day after one of the conference's worst college football weekends ever. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, all of which lost nationally televised games against high-caliber opponents, have not each lost on the same day since 1988. 

Nebraska and Iowa escaped McNeese State and Ball State by narrower-than-expected margins. Purdue lost to Central Michigan 38-17 and Northwestern fell to Northern Illinois

Ohio State and Michigan State dropped in Sunday's AP Poll. 

- Will Green

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