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Kirk Ferentz Believes That The Big Ten Will Eventually Move To A 10 Game Schedule

Big Ten football doesn't move to a nine game conference schedule until 2016, but Iowa head coach is already openly talking about an eventual 10-game schedule for the conference. Towards the end of his weekly radio show "Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz," he brought up the possibility of a further expansion of Big Ten play in response to a question about scheduling tougher non-conference opponents.

">September 4, 2014

">@Mark__Snyder:

Ferentz sees a 10-game Big Ten schedule in the future.

— Rick Brown (@ByRickBrown) September 4, 2014

">@ByRickBrown how soon? as in ripping up existing non-conference schedules?” No .. He said probably later than sooner.

— Rick Brown (@ByRickBrown)

@Mark__Snyder: @ByRickBrown how soon? as in ripping up existing non-conference schedules?” No .. He said probably later than sooner.

— Rick Brown (@ByRickBrown) September 4, 2014

">September 4, 2014

">@Mark__Snyder he just tossed it out at the end of his radio show in response to a question about scheduling a stronger non-conf. foe.

— Rick Brown (@ByRickBrown)

@Mark__Snyder he just tossed it out at the end of his radio show in response to a question about scheduling a stronger non-conf. foe.

— Rick Brown (@ByRickBrown) September 4, 2014

">September 4, 2014

While fans would definitely enjoy playing cross-division teams more often, there will definitely be a push against a 10-game schedule. If Big Ten teams only have two non-conference slots, it would be tough to pass up a probable win against a MAC opponent for a difficult game like Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech, or Michigan State at Oregon, both of which are on the schedule for this weekend.