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Did Big Ten reveal new divisions in promo photo?

Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:15 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:50 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi 

Speculation about the Big Ten's new divisional alignment can end soon, as the conference is set to announce the divisions tonight on its Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. ET. 

Such word had filtered through various sources earlier this week, with most pointing to today as the day for the unveiling, so this news isn't a total surprise. But while the date of the announcement has been pretty well known, the specifics of the divisions remains the far more relevant--and unanswered--question. 

So with rumors about the fate of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry flying everywhere--will they join separate divisions or not? When will their rivalry game be played?--it might be worthwhile to look to the Big Ten for a clue. And my my, is there ever one attached to the Big Ten's announcement. 

The arrangement of helmets doesn't seem to be accidental, does it? Michigan and Ohio State are front and center... and opposing each other. Likewise, the duo of Penn State and Nebraska are in opposite divisions, which fits with Jim Delany's model of competitive balance. In the second row, Iowa and Wisconsin are on opposite sides--just like what Barry Alvarez told reporters last week. And there's Michigan State on Michigan's side, which would make sense for their annual rivalry. 

In total, the Big Ten divisions as indicated by this photo are as such: 

MichiganPenn StateWisconsinIndianaNorthwesternMichigan State 
Ohio StateNebraskaIowaIllinoisPurdueMinnesota 

Of course, this could be nothing more than a red herring to throw people off the trail of the real alignment, which is still 5 hours away. But maybe--just maybe--it's a treat the conference left for its sharper fans. We'll find out soon enough.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:55 am

Did Big Ten reveal new divisions in promo photo?

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Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 7:10 pm

Did Big Ten reveal new divisions in promo photo?

I know this is about money.  But why do we always have to have these divisions in American Sports?  How often are we going to end up with the two best teams in the same division?  How often is a division winner going to be determined by who you played in your cross over games?  I'm not a fan of Big 10 expansion and not a fan of splitting into two 6 team divisions and trying to guess how competative things will be in the future.  Lame.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 6:44 pm

Did Big Ten reveal new divisions in promo photo?

I don't think it revealed the divisions, I think it revealed the annual, out of division rivalires. Think about it...Michigan - Ohio St., Nebraska - Penn State, Iowa-Wisconsin, Indiana- Illinois, etc.

Am I right?

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 6:43 pm

Did Big Ten reveal new divisions in promo photo?

Let me be the first to say ... stupid stupid, stupid.

Here's a question ... name the teams in the two divisions of the ACC.  I'd bet 90% of football fans can't.  They split based on "competitive balance", forgetting that the balance tends to change over time.

An East - West split makes sense for geographic rivalries and also saves money by reducing the travel costs of the smaller sports.  Please Big 10/11/12, make the obvious and intelligent choice.

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2010 6:07 pm

Did Big Ten reveal new divisions in promo photo?

I may have missed something...why do you WANT to prevent "true rivals" from meeting for the conference title? Those would make for the best title games...

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2010 6:00 pm

Did Big Ten reveal new divisions in promo photo?

Well, they got a pretty good balance of school colors in each division.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 5:47 pm

Did Big Ten reveal new divisions in promo photo?

They really should have gone east/west here. There's no rhyme or reason to these divisions.

Here's what would have been a nice setup:

East: Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue
West: Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern

Divides itself perfectly there. Rivalries are protected. If you want inter-division rivalries, you have that option, or you can simply rotate games. Minnesota and Michigan would be protected, as would Indiana and Illinois. Iowa could play Penn State and Wisconsin could meet Ohio State, leaving Purdue-Northwestern and Michigan State-Nebraska. Sure, there's no real point in four of the six proteced games, but the rivalries are all within the division anyway. Perfect setup, and it would prevent true rivals from ever meeting for the conference title.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2010 4:51 pm

Did Big Ten reveal new divisions in promo photo?

You moron Big Ten fans. You act like just because a team is in another division, they can't play them every year. Alabama and Tennessee, prime example. They play every single year, yet are in the West and East respectively. No reason Michigan and OSU can't be in different divisions yet always play; same with Michigan State/Penn State, Wisconsin/Minnesota, etc... whoever else plays yearly in the Big Televetwelve.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2010 4:02 pm

Did Big Ten reveal new divisions in promo photo?

I heard they were preserving that game too...along with the mich/osu game.

Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2010 3:59 pm

Did Big Ten reveal new divisions in promo photo?

Each team will have a guarenteed conference non-division game. so Michigan-Ohio State remains intact, Wisconsin-Minnesota remains intact, and Indiana-Purdue remains intact, as well aas Northwestern-Illinois, leaving Iowa and Nebraska to face Michgan State and Penn State.

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