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Big Ten divisional announcement special

Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:30 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 4:02 pm
 

Give the Big Ten credit for building the hype.

The league will announce the much-awaited divisions for 2011 going forward during what is being called a "divisional alignment special" at 7 pm ET Wednesday night. There is already speculation and a report out there that Michigan and Ohio State are in different divisions.

The other key issue is when that game will be played. There is much consternation over moving "The Game" from its traditional spot during the last weekend in November. The 90-minute special will feature ADs Gene Smith (Ohio State), Dave Brandon (Michigan), Mark Hollis (Michigan State) and Tom Osborne (Nebraska).

If you want to assume that a pair of schools are being represented, go ahead. 

My divisions: 

East (or Hayes) Division

Ohio State
Purdue
Minnesota
Wisconsin
Illinois
Penn State

West (or Schembechler) Division

Michigan
Indiana
Iowa
Nebraska
Northwestern
Michigan State

It appears that the Big Ten has used the "zipper" plan that essentially separates rivals. That makes it easier for the so-called 5-3-1 model. Five games against teams in your division, a set of three rotating games against teams from the opposite division and a designated rival. That would be a game played each year.

In my divisional alignment, Ohio State and Michigan would play each year along with Purdue-Indiana, Iowa-Minnesota, Michigan State-Penn State, Wisconsin-Nebraska and Illinois-Northwestern.
 

Comments

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2010 4:58 pm
 

Big Ten divisional announcement special

Not sure when The Game would be played, my guess would be late October. As per the season ending matches, here's what I think it will look like (if the divisions posted in the article are correct):

East:

Ohio State-Penn State
Wisconsin-Minnesota
Purdue-Illinois

West:

Michigan-Michigan State
Iowa-Nebraska
Northwestern-Indiana


Outside of the Northwestern-Indiana game, I think the line-up would be pretty solid not only in terms of competition, but in media attention as well.




Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Big Ten divisional announcement special

While they might split up OSU and UM for division purposes, probably for the chance for them to meet in the championship, I think The Game will still happen every year.  The Big 10 has in the past "guaranteed" some rivalry games like UM-MSU, UM-OSU, WI-MIN, etc.  There's room for three non-division games.  If you make one guaranteed, you'd be able to keep a UW-MIN/UW-IA or UM-OSU or IU/PUR or IL/NW rivalry matchup and rotate the other two games the same as they do right now.




Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2010 4:17 pm
 

Big Ten divisional announcement special

If the picture was to hold up, and that's a big if, I would expect the Michigan-Ohio State game to be moved to late October-early November.  How about a Halloween game!

As for the Wolverines final game, I think Michigan State or Penn State could make sense.  But that would mean a change of the MSU-PSU game at the end of the season...

These really are some of the big questions if Michigan and Ohio State are split up.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 4:08 pm
 

Big Ten divisional announcement special

MAMOL, thanks for pointing out the photo on the BTN's site.  I doubt however that it is how the divisions will be split.  As you said, it's not likely they'd give it away before hand.  Also I don't see them putting Mich, MSU and PSU all in the same division.  Prior to Nebraska joining the Big Ten was broken down into three "classic rivalry" groupings, one of which was OSU, PSU, MSU and Mich.  I don't see them putting three of those teams in one divison and only one in the other.  If they split OSU and Mich then they will likely split all of the groupings evenly with two in each division, with Nebraska as the forth team in the Minn, Wisc, and Iowa group.

Out of curiosity though, assuming OSU and Michigan get split up, what would be their new season ending game and when would The Game be played instead?



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 3:57 pm
 

Big Ten divisional announcement special

Exactly the alignment I agree with.  Divide it geographically and it works out in terms of which teams are in each division and it puts teams that are not actually in the "mid west" in an "eastern" division where they should be.  So many people refer to Ohio and the Big Ten in general as "midwestern", but nothing could be further from the truth and it irritates me.  Indiana is borderline midwestern, while Michigan actually should be considered part of that region but not many people acknowledge it.  Tennessee is more midwestern than Ohio, and that's my rant.



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2010 3:53 pm
 

Big Ten divisional announcement special

East-
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State
  • Indiana
  • Purdue
  • Illinois
  • Northwestern
West-
  • Michigan
  • Michigan State
  • Wisconsin
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
That is if you want them split. How could you Minnesota and Wisconsin in the east when they are two of the western-most schools in the conference. If you do not want them split:
East-
  • Ohio State
  • Michigan
  • Penn State
  • Michigan State
  • Indiana
  • Purdue
 West
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Iowa
  • Nebraska
  • Illinois
  • Northwestern




Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 3:51 pm
 

Big Ten divisional announcement special

I am a Michigan fan too, but I don't mind the split. This way they have a chance to meet in the Championship game once we our team gets back to their former glory. We will still play 'The Game' every year as well, but I really doubt now that it will be the final game. Go Blue!



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 3:48 pm
 

Big Ten divisional announcement special

True, but by putting them in separate divisions, they can play IN the Big Ten Championship, rather than the right to simply play in it.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2010 3:44 pm
 

Big Ten divisional announcement special

I'm an OSU fan, and I think putting OSU and Michigan in seperate dvisions in completely stupid, I mean why split up one of the top rivalries not only in college football, but in sports altougher. I mean it didn't make any sense to me to put Miami and Florida St. in seperate divisions in the ACC, and this doesn't make any sense neither, I hope they would be smart enough to let THE GAME be the last one of the year this is what it should be

EAST
Indiana
Michigan
Michigan St.
Ohio St,
Penn St.
Purdue

WEST
Illinois
Iowa
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Wisconsin




Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2010 3:36 pm
 

Big Ten divisional announcement special

Just in case you haven't had a chance to run out and look at BigTenNetwork.com, the picture on the front page appears to give the suggestion that this will be the division alignments:

Division 1
Michigan
Penn State
Wisconsin
Indiana
Northwestern
Michigan State

Division 2
Ohio State
Nebraska
Iowa
Illinois
Purdue
Minnesota

Now I'm not sure that they would actually give it away before hand, but this is what the picture seems to suggest...


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