Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman spoke on behalf of other Big Ten presidents on Monday to state the conference is in favor of keeping Division I football as is, saying they are not in favor of asking student-athletes to play a 15th game, which would happen under a four team playoff. Perlman said the conference’s second choice is the plus one model, but Perlman also said the Big Ten is realistic and understanda there is plenty of support pushing for a four-team playoff which could start as early as the 2014 season.
One of the reasons the Big Ten may be in favor of keeping the status quo is the fact that Commissioner Jim Delaney also announced on Monday that the league will distribute $284 million to its 12 teams, as the result of combined revenue from the NCAA, TV deals and bowl games. Nebraska will not receive the same revenue as the other conference schools until 2017 and Perlman would not state how much NU will receive. Reports have surfaced suggesting Big Ten schools, other than Nebraska, will receive around $24.6 million in shared revenue.