Big 10 Divisions
Big Ten just put out the press release:
Big Ten East Division: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.
Big Ten West Division: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.
9 game conference schedule beginning in 2016.
Protected cross-division games eliminated with the exception of Indiana-Purdue.
East Division will have 5 home conference games in even years, meaning Michigan will have Ohio State at home in our 4 game home conference slate in odd years.
Big Ten Presidents are voting this Sunday on proposed divisions, division names, and 9 game schedule for 2014. It also sounds like one school is thinking about trying to ask for a change because they were unhappy with the new divisions--Rittenberg surmised that this school was Michigan State. Where's the threat?
From ESPN's Big Ten Blog:
Let your opinion be known.
"Do you like the way the divisions are set up?"
Vote on the Big Ten Network's main page:
At least until 7:00, when everything comes out? Look, everyone's trying to get their 15 seconds of fame by posting/ tweeting supposed certainties. They want to be the first to break the news, and who really knows what their sources are? Can we just chill out for like and hour and a half, and when they announce it and we know some things for sure, we can come back and yell and scream.
I'm sick of hearing contradictory stories from supposedly credible sources.
In other news, I'd love it if we didn't post our dream divisions anymore, either. The divisions are decided already, let's just wait and see. Thank you for your cooperation.
There is a live broadcast tomorrow on the Big Ten Network tomorrow (Sept. 1) at 7pm EST. Based on the specualtion from the Hawkeyes Board, it will be the long awaited announcement of the football divisions. From Frank The Tank's Twitter feed...
Speculation that Big Ten divisions will be announced tomorrow on BTN at 6 pm CT (see Jon Miller's comments): http://bit.ly/aBjqa2
Here is the direct link to the Big Ten Network's schedule. http://www.bigtennetwork.com/subindex/programming
Honestly, this never even occurred to me, but it seems like a possibility. MVictors put the idea into my head, and now I can't get it out.
At least it splits up OSU and PSU. We already know that Iowa and Wisconsin are split, so the only question is whether Iowa should be in Nebraska's division, or not. I'll guess they will be:
- Michigan, PSU, MSU, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Northwestern
- OSU, Nebraska, Iowa, Purdue, Indiana, Illinois
For what it's worth, I could live with this if M versus OSU must absolutely be broken up for some reason I can't see.