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|24 weeks 1 day ago||But in that set-up you only||
But in that set-up you only get exactly 1 crossover with 8 games and 2 with 9 games. In both cases, our schedules would look like an east coast school and not like a Big Ten schedule with a lot of teams we've been playing for 100 years.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||The vast majority want the||
The vast majority want the same division. The whole letting us meet in the championship was mostly Big Ten words to soothe feelings to both fanbases.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||This is exactly the set-up||
This is exactly the set-up I've been hoping for and a lot of things you posted here were exactly what I was thinking. One it was great to feel like, maybe the Big Ten will listen at least a little to the fans this go around. Two, we must get a set-up with no locked crossovers if we are sticking to 8 games (and ideally even for 9). Losing The Little Brown Jug and Ohio State-Penn State as annual won't be great, but it's a small cost given all the other advantages.
I was thinking about it, and while I wouldn't care for it, they could even make those every other year events. In this set-up we get 2 non-divisional games a year. There are 7 teams in each division, so in 4 years, you get 8 games. You could play the 7 other teams, with 1 of them locked in for a second time. That way, you'd have The Little Brown Jug and Ohio State/Penn State 2 out every 4 years if they wanted it (I personally don't care about Ohio State/Penn State continuing, but think the conference will). Doing that and locking Michigan State with an eastern school (2 out of 4 years), you could end up with the following season ending games:
Ohio State/Michigan, Nebraska/Iowa, Wisconsin/Minnesota (or switch Wisconsin and Iowa if you want), Purdue/Indiana, Northwestern/Illionis. The 3 eastern schools would take turns playing each other and Michigan State.