Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney told Greenstein that he will contact athletic directors and coaches to find out what the preferred number is.
"We'll have to go back to ground zero," (Delaney) said, "and we don't have a lot of time to do it."
Delaney said 10 conference games would produce the "truest champion," but with so many schools already having scheduling agreements with nonconference foes and schools wanting seven home games, that won't happen. The Big Ten approved a nine-game schedule last year, but many coaches were upset about playing five road conference games every other year. Delaney said he wants strong approval one way or the other.
A nine-game conference schedule was a major factor in the Pac-12 pulling out.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 college football conference announced on Friday they would not move forward with their planned long-term scheduling partnership. In a statement released by the Big Ten conference, commissioner James E. Delany noted some of the difficulties that prevented the two groups from establishing a schedule:
"We are disappointed to announce today that the Big Ten Pac-12 strategic collaboration announced jointly in December 2011 unfortunately will not be consummated. We recently learned from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott that the complications associated with coordinating a non-conference football schedule for 24 teams across two conferences proved to be too difficult."
According to Delany, the chief difficulty proved to be the logistics of organizing the non-conference matchup, as well as previous non-conference commitments and the robust conference schedule of the Pac-12 conference.
The Northwestern Wildcats have finalized plans to play the Stanford Cardinal in home-and-home series during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, as Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips announced on Wednesday. The deal comes as part of efforts to increase the relationships between teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences.
Chris Emma of PurpleWildcats.com has the quotes from Phillips, who notes that the first match-up with occur in Evanston on Sept. 5, 2015:
This was a great opportunity for Northwestern to expand on our upcoming series with Stanford and allow an exciting matchup to take place even sooner. We're thrilled about the quality of our future nonconference opponents, with schools such as Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Syracuse, California and now Stanford.
The two schools already had an agreement in place to play each other in the future, but this announcement specifies when those match-ups will begin to take place. Northwestern and Stanford last played in 1993, with the game ending in a 41-41 tie.