Big Ten to increase to at least nine conference games

By Matt Sugam

Soon after Rutgers and Maryland join the Big Ten in 2014, the conference will go from eight conference games to nine or ten.

The increase in conference games has been rumored to be a possibility, but Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany confirmed the move at the conference meetings on Monday.

Delany said the new conference schedule would likely go into affect in 2016 or 2017.

“There’s real recognition that we now live in two regions of the country, and we want to make sure those are bound together as best we can, so more games [makes sense],” Delany said.”Eight games is not on the table. It’s nine or 10.”

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