what it means for Purdue, Big Ten football

WEST LAFAYETTE – The NCAA approved two significant changes on Wednesday, including eliminating division requirements for conferences to decide championship game participants.

The Division I Council also voted to eliminate the number of players in a football program can sign in a new recruiting class during the next two academic years.

The Big Ten will likely eliminate divisions at some point but not in the immediate future.

Following Wednesday’s announcement, the Pac-12 issued a statement saying the league has abolished the division format starting with the upcoming season. The top two teams will play for the Pac-12 title based on conference records.

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The Big Ten isn’t ready to move that fast. Look for the conference to keep its East-West division format in the short term and is expected to wait and see the structure for the College Football Playoff, which will remain at four teams until after the 2025 season.

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