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The Big Ten has members in nine states, spanning from Pennsylvania west to Nebraska. The Pac-12 has members in six states, from the West Coast east to Colorado.

“Because there is no overlap, it really helps,” Delany said.

Both conferences will continue to operate autonomously and many details of the agreement are still to be worked out.

Scott said he could see the 12 football games being played over three weeks in September, four each week _ the football equivalent of the conference challenges that have become common in men’s basketball.

“Whether it’s branded that way or not, people will keep count,” Delany said.

Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon said: “It’ll be good for fans, TV viewers and our kids, who will get a chance to play in new places. It will also let us take our brands on the road to new locations to expand in ways we haven’t on a consistent basis before.”

The extra marquee matchups could also provide more quality programming for the conferences’ own networks.

The Big Ten Network is five years old and has become a cash cow for the conference. The league also has a television deal with ESPN. The Pac-12 will launch national and regional conference television networks next year, in addition to starting its new $3 billion television deal with ESPN and Fox.

“Any network … is about distributing content,” Delany said. “The more quality content the network has access to the more it’s able to serve consumers. We’ll be able to create games that have more meaning.”

The Big Ten had planned to move from an eight-game conference schedule to a nine-game schedule, but Delany says that is now unlikely.

The Pac-12 is already playing a nine-game conference schedule, but Scott said that could change.

“That’s the plan for the moment but we will have a fresh discussion about it,” he said.

The Rose Bowl is the only contracted meeting between the Pac-12 and Big Ten in the postseason, but that could change with this agreement. The commissioners said there have been preliminary discussions about the conferences creating postseason games.

“It’s absolutely a conversation we will have,” Scott said.

There has been some concern from college football leaders that conference expansion has been leading toward the power football conferences such as the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference isolating themselves from the other schools that compete in the Bowl Subdivision of Division I or ever breaking away from the NCAA.

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