The Big Ten may consider relaxing its recently-enacted policy against scheduling FCS opponents, The Forum reported Wednesday.
A Jeff Kolpack-penned piece (also referenced by CollegeFootballTalk.com) cites North Dakota State athletic director Matt Larsen, saying that Big Ten schools will be allowed to include an FCS opponent in years where a league school has four home contests. Larsen suggests in the piece that the changes will likely not be in place until 2020, at earliest.
The Big Ten ruling went into place two seasons ago, with the Bison’s contest against Iowa last year grandfathered, having been scheduled years prior. The league mentioned the need for stronger schedules to qualify teams for the College Football Playoff as an impetus for the change.
This story will be updated as events warrant. Big Ten Media Days will take place in Chicago next Monday and Tuesday.