Posted by Adam Jacobi
On a scheduled special broadcast on the Big Ten Network tonight, Jim Delany announced his conference's plans for two new divisions. They are as follows:
A: Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Indiana
B: Michigan, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Northwestern, Michigan State
Each team is guaranteed a crossover rivalry with the team opposite in the list: OSU-Michigan, Penn State-Nebraska, etc.
Moreover, Michigan-Ohio State will remain the regular season finale for both schools. Delany said that despite rumors, the only other destination discussed for The Game was a mid-November date instead--nothing as early as October. Whether that's any consolation to Michigan and Ohio State fans is something you'll have to ask them.
All in all, most teams have little if anything to complain about; the vast majority of rivalries are now protected, and as Delany noted, each conference member now has six protected games instead of two. Certainly, Iowa probably won't be pleased to see Purdue as a protected rival (and vice versa), and Indiana-Michigan State makes little more sense, but these aren't deal-breaking problems.