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Big Ten divisions may be announced Wed.

Posted on: August 31, 2010 6:15 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 11:09 pm
 
A Nebraska assistant athletic director said Tuesday that the Big Ten divisions will be announced Wednesday night.

There are various reports saying Jeff Jamrog, that assistant AD, said on a radio show that he expects the Wednesday announcement. A Big Ten Network source told me Tuesday "there is time on the schedule" to announce the conference's divisional alignment Wednesday night.

The source stressed that it no knowledge of an announcement. Only that it is possible because of a season preview scheduled for Wednesday. College football blogger Chris Patterson reported speculation that had been swirling on Twitter and on blogs on Tuesday -- that the Big Ten is getting ready to pop its divisional announcement.


My source called Wednesday night's Big Ten season preview a possible "place  holder" for such an announcement. If it ends up going down that way, give the BTN credit for timing. A day before the 2010 season starts we're going to find out how the 12-team Big Ten stacks up for 2011, and beyond. The anticipation is building because the world wants to see where Michigan and Ohio State land.

Three weeks ago, I unveiled my master plan for Ohio State and Michigan to (possibly) play twice a season.

Comments

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:39 pm
 

Big Ten divisions may be announced Wed.

Ever been to a Michigan-Ohio State game at the Big House or the Horseshoe? Ever felt that atmosphere? Remember Woodson winning the Heisman with a punt return, an INT, and a big reception to get the offense rolling? Remember the winning team running around the field with roses between their teeth. Or was that just me?

Listen, I know some of that luster is going to be lost. But why should we try to lose all of it on purpose? I'm not going to tell you all the examples of other conferences' divisions that went wrong. It's everywhere. But I can't imagine playing Ohio State in October.

How are any of the above items changed by having the game on a different weekend? If they are split, then the winner of THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP goes to either the Rose Bowl or the BCS Championship game and any great individual players in the game that have Heisman aspirations can cement them in this game.

Many times has the team with the lesser record spoiled either a perfect season or a Big Ten championship for the other.

So what. Move on. The conference has grown and changed. We should all do the same. Michigan has more to worry about than what time of year they are going to get their butts kicked by Ohio State. It's time to start scouting out who is going to be your next coach.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:35 pm
 

Big Ten divisions may be announced Wed.

"Maybe just maybe the game is not as important to the non Maize and Crimson world as those two schools would have us believe."

Crimson???  Are you talking about Alabama???   Or do you mean Scarlet for tOSU?  Maybe before you post something you should get your facts right so it actually looks like you know what you're talking about.

And if "The Game" was so inconsequential, then why is it voted, time after time,  to be the gretest rivalry in college football and in some polls in all of sports.  Tradition does matter if you have some.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:31 pm
 

Big Ten divisions may be announced Wed.

Here's how it should be:

Group 1:
Ohio State
Penn State
Wisconsin
Indiana
Purdue
Illinois

Group 2:
Michigan State
Nebraska
Iowa
Michigan State
Minnesota
Northwestern

This splits the Ohio State-Michigan rivaly and the Wisconsin-Iowa rivalry so that both could happen in the Big Ten championship. Penn State-Nebraska will also be split. Nebraska will be put with Iowa to create the natural geographic rivalry (the fan bases already hate each other) and Ohio State Penn State will be kept together for the same reason.

Keep Michigan State with Michigan and split the rest by east/west geography and you get what I listed above.



Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:26 pm
 

Big Ten divisions may be announced Wed.

Big 12 Nebraska. vs. Oklahoma.....nuff said

Learn from past mistakes big 10 or your destined to repeat them!



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:09 pm
 

Big Ten divisions may be announced Wed.

Well if the split that has been leaked is true we should all prepare for a great deal of whinning from UM and OSU country.  Both schools feel that they are larger than the conference and having the day of the OSU beating of UM moved will surely put maize colored panty bunches pop up all over Ann Arbor.  Oh the pain of having the world turned upside down. How can the greatest game in the history of sport be moved?  Maybe just maybe the game is not as important to the non Maize and Crimson world as those two schools would have us believe.



Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:13 pm
 

Big Ten divisions may be announced Wed.

Three weeks ago, I unveiled my master plan for Ohio State and Michigan to (possibly) play twice a season.

He's so proud of it, isn't he? 

All because of a feeling he got when he went to the final four. 

Ever been to a Michigan-Ohio State game at the Big House or the Horseshoe? Ever felt that atmosphere? Remember Woodson winning the Heisman with a punt return, an INT, and a big reception to get the offense rolling? Remember the winning team running around the field with roses between their teeth. Or was that just me?

Listen, I know some of that luster is going to be lost. But why should we try to lose all of it on purpose? I'm not going to tell you all the examples of other conferences' divisions that went wrong. It's everywhere. But I can't imagine playing Ohio State in October. Rodriguez has said people will watch if "we play 3 times a week" and "it will still be the greatest rivalry in sports, no matter when it's played." I just don't think that's true.WHEN it is played is what the rivalry was built on. Many times has the team with the lesser record spoiled either a perfect season or a Big Ten championship for the other. That part can still most certainly be true. But put us in separate divisions and you retain the POSSIBILITY of a SMALL PART of the rivalry for the guarantee of a bigger piece.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 10:06 pm
 

Big Ten divisions may be announced Wed.

I can't believe people didn't see this one coming.

Of course Ohio State & Michigan won't be in the same division in the Big 10.

Anyone who knows anything can tell you money rules college football & the Big Ten's jackpot moneymaker would be a Ohio State vs Michigan rematch in the Big 10 title game to see who takes a trip to the Rose Bowl. The marketing writes itself.

I hate both schools but I still think its a gold mine.


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