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Big 10 Divisions Set

The Big 10 has settled on divisions and here is how they breakdown:

Division 1

Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan St., Minnesota, Northwestern

Division 2

Ohio St., Wisconsin, Penn St., Indiana, Purdue, Illinois

The big deal here is splitting up Michigan & Ohio St. The big debate here was if Ohio St. & Michigan were in the same division then they would never meet in the Big 10 championship for either a chance to go to the Rose Bowl or a chance to play in the BCS Championship. Obviously this is the marquee game & in years past this was essentially the de facto championship game becuase it was the last game of the season. With the two teams being split into different divisions, the thought was that moving the game up in the schedule would prevent their being back-to-back weeks of Michigan playing Ohio St. if they met in the championship game.

Of course everyone went crazy at the thought of Michigan/Ohio St. being played in early October so the Big 10 & Jim Delany caved and kept up the possibility of Ohio St. & Michigan playing back to back games at the end of the season.

I don’t really have an opinion on it. If I had my way I’d simply leave the conference as a 12-team single league, have everyone play each other team for an 11-game schedule and find an outside rivalry for the remaining 12th game. If a championship game MUST be had then take the top-2 teams at the end of the year and pit them against each other for the right to go to the Rose Bowl.

Something is going on here though that I don’t quite understand. I’m not sure that Indiana, Minnesota, Purdue, & Illinois have any incentive to be good at football. I’m not sure how the money is split up, but if everything is an even split then those 4 teams have the least amount of incentive to do well in football. I’ll have to research this out, but my first take is that Ohio St. really came out the big winners because they have Indiana, Illinois & Purdue in the conference which makes it significantly worse than the division Michigan, Nebraska & Iowa reside in.

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September 2, 2010 - Posted by | Big 10, Expansion

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