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Posted on: September 1, 2010 3:39 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 3:42 pm
 

ESPN: Sources reveal Big Ten division members

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Remember the clues the Big Ten may have been dropping about their new conference alignment? Yeah, maybe not. ESPN is citing multiple conference sources in this report about the new Big Ten divisions:

• Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern and Minnesota.

• And Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois.


The new setup would also feature the protected "crossover" rivalries that have been expected--Michigan would play Ohio State every year, obviously, and ESPN's sources specifically predicted Wisconsin and Minnesota will have a protected rivalry. If true, that's bad news for Wisconsin brass, who had been lobbying for a protected end-of-year game with Nebraska.

If ESPN's reports are true, they're not terribly surprising; there's competitive balance all around, and where possible, the different tiers of teams are separated east and west (see Michigan and Nebraska staying west, and Penn State and Ohio State east). Expect this alignment (or, at the very least, something similar) to be announced by the Big Ten this evening.
Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:44 pm
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Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:15 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:50 pm
 

Did Big Ten reveal new divisions in promo photo?

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.
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:26 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 3:38 pm
 

Big Ten To announce 2011 divisions on Wednesday?

Posted by Chip Patterson

The addition of Nebraska in 2011 has provided the Big Ten with the opportunity to host its own conference championship game, adding an extra week of premiere Big Ten football and most importantly, a significant spike in revenue for the conference.

While it was initially expected that the announcement will come in mid-September, there is speculation that we could know as soon as Wednesday evening.

The Big Ten Network has scheduled a "live football special" for Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.  It is the belief of some that this will be the announcement of the 2011 divisions.

The most commotion has been caused by the discussion of how to divide the divisions of the new 12-team Big Ten.  Most notably, how the split may affect the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.

There are those that believe the teams should be in the same division, so that their annual matchup will continue to take place in late November, as the last game of the season.  If "The Game" were to be moved any earlier in the season, it would certainly be to the displeasure of many former Buckeyes and Wolverines - many of whom have sounded off publicly on the issue.

Unfortunately, many of the heavy hitters, especially Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney, believe that splitting Ohio State and Michigan across the divisions will be better for the cash flow rivalry in the big picture.

"You can make a pretty good argument that Michigan and Ohio State should never be playing for a divisional title," [Delaney] said in explaining why the two rivals would be in different divisions. "If they're going to play, play for the right to go to the Rose Bowl."
Of course, a Buckeyes-Wolverines showdown in the Big Ten championship game has the potential to generate an absurd amount of money for the conference, and as we have clearly seen throughout the last decade with expansion: the name of the game is dollar dollar bills yall.

Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:20 pm
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