Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany Still Confident In Playoff Spot

Posted: Sep 7 2014, 7:32pm CDT | by , in News

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany Still Confident In Playoff Spot
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Confident that the league race will rebound for a playoff spot.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is still optimistic after the disappointing loss of three big program schools in the Big 10 conference over the weekend. He stated that he believes the door still isn't closed for schools from his conference to have a shot at the new four-team playoff at the end of the regular season.

Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State all lost high-profile games by double digit numbers on Saturday to non-conference opponents. The most devastating loss coming from the Michigan Wolverines, who were shut out by Notre Dame 31-0.

The score marks the first time the Wolverines have gone scoreless since 1984, ending a NCAA-record streak of 365. Ohio State dropped its first home opener since 1978. It marked the first time since Sept. 17, 1988, that all three schools lost on the same day.

"Big games matter on big stages with big ratings and a lot of attention," Delany told on Sunday. "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."

Delany is still confident that the Big 10 could work its way back into the national spotlight over the course of the regular season.

"Why would they wait six weeks to put a poll out? Why would they meet every week? Why would they say, 'Let's disregard the polls?'" Delany said. "They don't have many data points to begin with, so they're going to look at all the data points. I have full confidence. I believe in the system."

The league is just 8-29 against ranked teams from Power Five conferences since 2010. The last national championship that was won by the conference came in 2002, when Ohio State defeated Miami in double overtime to secure the victory.

"No doubt some games matter more than others," he said. "We still have more work to do. We just don't have those [wins] in our résumé. Others do. People can write what they want to write. It's America. But it's at a stage where the narrative is still developing.

"Anyone who writes the story of the 2014 football season after two weeks, that's premature."

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