Looking at the 2011-12 schedules, I think the idea of a 9-game conference schedule will lose some of its luster as AD's and coaches think about it more. Teams like IN, MN, NW, PUR, MSU and IL are going to find it much harder to get to six or seven wins as it is with the addition of NE to the B10 and this divisional alignment. A nine-game conference schedule will compound that problem because it forces every team in the B10 to add another BCS level opponent. It also will make it more difficult for AD's to get at least seven home games every year unless they begin trading their one good non-conference opponent for an extra baby seal game that doesn't have to be returned.
that is nice bonus change