With all the recent pimp slapping we've been getting, I'd like to know why the conference needs to be split into divisions in the first place. There are 12 teams, so a conference championship game is going to be played regardless of what fans want. If we really want to conserve as much about the Big 10 as possible, why couldn't we just keep the one conference and send the top two teams to the conference championship? Same Big 10, just with an added conference championship game between the regular season and the Rose Bowl. This way we could still play OSU at the end of the regular season, and if in the aftermath of that game the top two teams are us and the buckeyes, then so be it; if not, the top two teams in the conference play.
Why so much love for divisions?