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Although ingenious, this leaves alot of money on the table, which is always priority #1
Yes - that would be great for you. It would start to make up for all the M players who left 0-4 during the Tress era.
Meyer will be a lot easier for you to beat.
I don't like the current set up, regardless of who is in what division.
OU-UT play each other earlier in the season and their rivalry is just as big and has just as much history as UM-OSU’s.
Even if they move tOSU, and UM in the same divisions “The Game” will never have the same significance it once had before the B1G expanded. Before expansion many years “The Game” was sort of like pseudo-B1GCG, which made it even more significant than it already was. Now since that’s over I would rather have a UM-OSU rematch to decide the B1G champ, then have “The Game” decide who win’s a division.
To be honest, that would be my ideal scenario as well. I liked that the Big 10 was one of the only BCS conferences without a championship game. Just added to the old school, traditional feel, IMO. But I think conference championships are sort of the nature of the beast in this day and age of college football, so if there's going to be one, then it makes sense to do it the right way.
Great point about what the Big 12 did, and you're right that there wasn't much parity between the two divisions.
But I think the B1G is traditionally better and more competitive top to bottom than what the Big 12 was, so I don't see that as an issue moving forward with the B1G. If you align the divisions with Michigan, Michigan and Ohio State on one side, and Penn State, Wisconsin and Nebraska on the other side, you'll usually get at least one very good team from each division every year. And that doesn't even take into account the years where a team like Iowa, Illinois or Northwestern wins 10 games and makes a run at the conference title.
The difference, as I see it, is that Texas and Oklahoma didn't traditionally play the last game of the season for decades before the conference split into two divisions, whereas Michigan and Ohio State have. One thing I love about college football is tradition, so I like to preserve rivalries as much as possible, and I don't like teams that switch uniforms every week. I think it's neat for a current player to watch a highlight clip from the 1980's or 1960's and see other players wearing the exact same uniform (for the most part) that he's wearing that week. And I think part of that tradition is seeing The Game capping the regular season every year.
They should swap PSU, Wisky and Illinois for UM, MSU and NW. Divisions would be reasonably balanced and the only school out of place geographically would be PSU. It would also restore Wisky's annual rivalry game with Minny and would enable them to eliminate guaranteed crossover games entirely, resulting in more evenly balanced schedules and a two-year on/off cycle for playing everyone in the other division.
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The possibility of playing you guys twice really doesn't bother me. The possibility of playing back to back weeks does. The game has to be moved. I like the idea of playing at night either the second week of the season (to allow a tune up game for both teams), or in mid October, where the losing team has time to recover and make a run at a possible rematch in the title game.
I agree there needs to be a gap in between games. More time for the build up.
Yes, swap Nebraska and OSU. Keep the Game at the end of the year, it would be huge. To me it's a no-brainer.
Yes, the battle between the 2 teams should decide who will play any other team for the B1G championship.
It's all about the dollars.
More games = more dollars, esp conference title games
It's the same reason there are like 40 bowl games
I totally understand, and I realize we're likely past the point of no-return. Was just saying what my preference would be in a perfect world.
Meh. The Game was already diluted when it was moved back to Thanksgiving weekend. At first, I thought it was pretty dumb having the possibility of playing twice, and I still do, but putting The Game earlier in the season would be best at this point. Maybe the same weekend as the Red River Rivalry?
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