Big Ten reveals divisional breakdown

  • hartfan

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    Sep 02, 2010 9:53 AM GMT
    The Big Ten announced its divisions, which has yet to be named, last night.

    1st Division
    130.gif Michigan
    158.gif Nebraska
    2294.gif Iowa
    127.gif Michigan State
    77.gif Northwestern
    135.gif Minnesota

    2nd Division
    194.gif Ohio State
    213.gif Penn State
    275.gif Wisconsin
    2509.gif Purdue
    356.gif Illinois
    84.gif Indiana

    The cross-division rivalry games will be:
    Michigan-Ohio State (still on regular season finale)
    Nebraska-Penn State
    Minnesota-Wisconsin
    Northwestern-Illinois
    Iowa-Purdue
    Michigan State-Indiana

    Teams will play eight conference game the next two seasons, but there are plans to add a ninth in the future. The first Big Ten football championship game will be played in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, the indoor home of the NFL's Colts. There are no plans for divisions yet in basketball and other sports.

    From ESPN:Commissioner Jim Delany said creating football divisions with competitive balance was the top priority and No. 2 was maintaining a cross-division rivalry game for each team.

    "We felt like we could do equal competition and tradition with this move," Delany said.

    "I'm very pleased that we came out of this with protected rivalries that will go on permanently with Ohio State and Michigan State," Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon told The Associated Press. "We'll play Ohio State in the last game of the regular season, following a tradition that has lasted for decades. And if we both earn the right, we can play the Buckeyes again in the Big Ten championship game."

    There was speculation the Michigan-Ohio State game could be pushed out of its end-of-season spot, maybe even into October. It sent some fans into an outrage and Delany said that was a factor in the final decision.

    "We heard the fans, there's no doubt about their voices mattered," Delany said. "Basically, we decided to go with the final season date because that was a way to maintain the tradition. The conference has a wonderful history of not only rivalry games but also trophy games."

    "I think it's a great opportunity for both programs to win divisions and be in the championship games," Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said on the Big Ten Network, "and if we do play back to back, and if you look back over history quite frankly it's rare that happens, if it does happen it's great for fans."



    I think they made the divisions quite balanced. And they did the right thing by keeping The Game as the final game. It would be very rare for both Michigan and Ohio State to both play again in the conference championship game, even when Michigan becomes good again.

    Big Ten fans, what do you think?
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    Sep 02, 2010 10:45 AM GMT
    Glad to see the WI-MN rivalry is intact. I love the tradition of the Paul Bunyan axe.

    As for Ohio St. - MI, I still wish there was a way both could lose. icon_twisted.gif
  • dhinkansas

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    Sep 02, 2010 3:25 PM GMT
    Tom Osborne was always bitterly opposed to the conference championship game with Nebr was in the Big 12. Funny how with some extra cash, he's ok with it now. As much as I love college sports, the infinite greed is slowly killing it. 68 teams now in March Madness, games starting at 11:00am for tv purposes...blah blah blah.

    Glad to see Nebr and Penn St will hook up every year. Penn St can be the new Texas the Huskers won't beat.
  • ohioguy12

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    Sep 02, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    Big Ten sucks anyway and is boring, so who cares
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    Sep 02, 2010 8:30 PM GMT
    I love it!

    Though interestingly they are not applying it to the other sports.

    RowBuddy saidwhat is ND?


    Notyour Dame, or Notre Dame... icon_smile.gif

    I have said for years the Big Ten needs to stop playing them. It would then force them to join. Not that I really want them anyway. Texas, A&M, Syracuse and Missouri would be a nice finishing touch.
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    Sep 02, 2010 8:36 PM GMT
    They waaaaaaaay overthought it. Just put Michigan and OSU in the same division. Who cares if they can't play for the title?

    Texas and Oklahoma are in the same division. When they set up divisions in the SEC, Florida and Tennessee were the premier programs, yet placed in the same division. And if Ohio State beats Michigan, then plays Nebraska for the league title, what's the big deal? Are they worried people won't watch or won't come?

    Please. Silliness.
  • DCEric

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    Sep 03, 2010 12:23 AM GMT
    madtown saidAs for Ohio St. - MI, I still wish there was a way both could lose. icon_twisted.gif


    So much this.

    /Go State!
    //Penn State, that is.
  • safety43_mma1...

    Posts: 4251

    Sep 03, 2010 3:03 AM GMT
    ohioguy12 saidBig Ten sucks anyway and is boring, so who cares

    anyway when it comes to running they r the best. and it is awesome to me going to be fun this year to go to games.
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    Sep 03, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
    So let me get this straight: There are 12 teams in the Big 10?

    oooooo....kaaaayyyyy
  • hartfan

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    Sep 03, 2010 8:26 AM GMT
    DCEric said
    madtown saidAs for Ohio St. - MI, I still wish there was a way both could lose. icon_twisted.gif

    So much this.

    /Go State!
    //Penn State, that is.

    Good luck playing Nebraska every year. You might just miss playing at Michigan then. icon_wink.gif


    1969er saidSo let me get this straight: There are 12 teams in the Big 10?

    oooooo....kaaaayyyyy

    And ten teams in the Big 12. Wrap your head around that. icon_cool.gif


    turtlesarecool saidThey waaaaaaaay overthought it. Just put Michigan and OSU in the same division. Who cares if they can't play for the title?

    Texas and Oklahoma are in the same division. When they set up divisions in the SEC, Florida and Tennessee were the premier programs, yet placed in the same division. And if Ohio State beats Michigan, then plays Nebraska for the league title, what's the big deal? Are they worried people won't watch or won't come?

    Please. Silliness.

    I think the beauty of The Game is the possibility that one can spoil another's season, as it is rare when both programs are title-contenders at the exact same time. If the more dominant program wins out, then nothing would matter; but if they don't, that's what the opponent is hoping for.

    Florida State hasn't played Miami in the ACC title game. Neither have Florida played LSU, Georgia played Auburn, nor Tennessee played Alabama in the SEC title game. Chances are 2006 won't happen again for another 10 years at least. But the Big 12's solution of Oklahoma and Texas in the same division has resulted in the farce of a Big 12 North, except in the fluke year or two when both Missouri was great and Kansas was decent. So I do agree with Delany that competitive balance is a real concern and unfortunately splitting up Michigan and Ohio State is the best way to achieve that and still maintaining as many traditional Big Ten rivalries as possible.

    The Big Ten now looks like a real tough league like the Pac-10(12) and the SEC, while the Big 12 has now become the Big 2 and Little 8. Ironically, under the idiotic BCS system it will now be more likely for both Texas and Oklahoma to be playing in BCS games than to have two Big Ten teams. Nebraska's inaugural 2011 schedule includes the conference opener at Wisconsin, Ohio State at home, then a stretch of roads games at Penn State and Michigan and then Iowa at home to close out the season. Good luck with that...

    Anyone come up with good names for the divisions? So far, I've heard Bo and Woody as well as Three Yards and Cloud of Dust.