Northwestern vs. Nebraska, 11/4/17

NU President Hank Bounds (left), athletic director Bill Moos and Medical Center Chancellor Jeffery Gold, M.D., talk at Memorial Stadium earlier this month.

The newly released Big Ten football schedules for 2022-25 came about after multiple discussions among league officials over the spring and summer, Nebraska director of athletics Bill Moos said Thursday.

Moos spoke to the media for about 15 minutes Thursday morning at the Hawks Championship Center as the Huskers wrapped up practice on the field below.

Moos touched on several topics, chief among them the new Big Ten schedules released Wednesday, and the transfer climate in college football in the wake of Tristan Gebbia leaving NU, reportedly for Oregon State.

When it came time to work on the schedules for the 2022-25 seasons, Moos said an effort was made to ensure the Big Ten has the best chance possible to get a team into the College Football Playoff at the end of the season.

When he and coach Scott Frost were breaking down the schedule, Moos said, they felt that the Big Ten's traditional powers were playing each other more than other league programs.

"And I respect that. And when I brought it to the attention of the commissioner and my colleagues at a meeting in Phoenix last spring, I said, 'I understand how that was designed to attract TV audiences, and also to address the strength of schedule piece of the playoff system,'" Moos explained. "But what ended up happening was, we were beating each other up and sliding out of potentially not getting in that final four."

After several discussions, a Big Ten official this summer literally drew schools out of a pair of boxes to match up crossover partners in the East and West Divisions during meetings in Chicago.

"I felt, and I think I convinced enough of my peers, that we needed to take another look at that and something that might be a little more fair and give us a chance to get somebody into that four-team slot," Moos said.

Nebraska, of course, drew Michigan as its crossover opponent. The Huskers will open the 2023 season (at Minnesota) and the 2025 season (at Illinois) with conference games.

"Our TV partners want us to spread the conference games out because they're the most attractive. And everybody's going to get a little taste of that in due time," Moos said. "I really think our program, by the time we get to that point, will be a veteran program that will be able to handle that. You've got to play somewhere."

On transfers, Moos said "we haven't seen the end of the transfer changes, I don't believe."

Moos said he supports the "consequences" of a player sitting out a year after a transfer, "otherwise it's going to be like free agency, and it's going to be like professional sports and you're going to see a different roster every year."

The lack of patience when it comes to immediate playing time, the pressures of competitive youth sports and the lure of professional sports all play a role in the number of transfers, Moos said.

"These are obstacles and challenges we have to face," Moos added.


Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.


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A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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