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Looks like East/West
FYI- Local radio (97.1) is saying it's
Listening to Big Ten athletic directors it sounds like an East-West divisional alignment is in the cards once the conference expands.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Clarkw267 18 months ago
So, what do we think the divisions would look like?
As someone with a million and one connections to the NYC area, being able to fly in to see friends and catch a Michigan game at Rutgers every other year sounds fantastic.
Posted earlier today on MGoBlog:
"Per Doug Karsch ...
EAST Michigan Ohio State Penn State Maryland Rutgers Indiana
WEST Wisconsin Nebraska Iowa Northwestern Illinois Minnesota
Up in the air is where Michigan State and Purdue end up."
That East division sounds like a bloodbath, in a good/entertaining way. Especially as someone who feels like Maryland and Rutgers are only going to get better. The West division, on the other hand, seems like a cake walk unless Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern are up every year.
I kind of agree, but part of me thinks it's futile to base everything on how good a team is. I think UM, OSU, and PSU are all 'blue-chip' enough they can expect a reasonable amount of stability (although PSU has a decent chance of falling off for the next decade because of the sanctions), but man, you can never tell exactly how good teams are going to be through the years. Look at the Big 12 or the SEC and 10 years ago the opposite divisions that are/were good now, were down and the powers were in the opposite division which sucks now. Plus, it'll probably be only a few more years till we go up to 16 teams and have to re-do the exercise again.
Perfectly fair point. Northwestern and Indiana, for example, are teams that I think are on the rise. I also love the hire of Darrell Hazzell at Purdue. So you're right, you can never really tell. If I were Nebraska, I'd love that division alignment for the fact that at least the next couple of years until a team like Illinois, Iowa or Purdue re-emerges, you have a legitimate argument for selling a recruit on a shot at being a win against Wisconsin/Northwestern away from playing in the B1G Championship game every year.
If the next two added to the BIG are from the ACC, geographically they would probably be "East" teams, thus moving Purdue and Indiana to the West... Maybe if Ga Tech is one of them, we could throw them in the West and Virginia in the East...
I'd still like to see us add Kansas, I know they aren't much on the football side, but dang, the BIG BBall would be the deal, especially if UNC was to enter too.
I like this potential setup. Michigan - Ohio in same division, MSU in the other. Maintain protected crossover with them.
Screw the protected crossover with MSU. The less I have to interact with that fanbase the better!
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