Big Ten Expansion: Bargaining Phase Part II

Submitted by Brian on November 20th, 2012 at 12:04 PM

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WEST

Nebraska
Iowa
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Northwestern
Illinois

EAST

Michigan
Michigan State
Ohio State
Penn State
Indiana

COASTAL*

Maryland
Rutgers

*ineligible for championship game, plays all games against coastal division

Comments

BornInAA

November 20th, 2012 at 12:22 PM ^

With the Thanksgiving Season:

Grownups Table

Michigan

Ohio

Michigan State

Wisconsin

Nebraska

 

Kids Table

Illinois

Indiana

Northwestern

Maryland

Purdue

 

Crazy Uncles with TV Trays

Rutgers

Penn State

 

 

aiglick

November 20th, 2012 at 12:24 PM ^

Does this mean the conference would go to 9 games so we could determine the undisputed champion between Rutgers and Maryland?

Would stink to watch the 8 part saga and not determine a victor.

BlueReign

November 20th, 2012 at 12:26 PM ^

Does anyone else feel like there are just too many FBS teams now adays?

I think cutting down from 120-124 to ~50 would help a lot. D1 football is really the only kind people pay attention to so we would be abel to sustain 5-6 conferences at 8-10 teams each while still dividing up the tv market shenanigins. 

Then disalowing d1-d2 games and you will increase your product all around because all of the worth while football teams will play eachother more often. Go from having potentially 3 interesting games per year like we have today to having every game being against a quality opponent. 

 

stubob

November 20th, 2012 at 12:34 PM ^

Good

Michigan

Michigan State
Ohio State

Nebraska
Wisconsin
Penn State

Northwestern

Bad

Iowa

Minnesota
Illinois

Indiana

Maryland

Rutgers

 

This makes the B1G Championship game a formality, and opens the door for promotion/relegation.

GoBlueOval

November 20th, 2012 at 12:40 PM ^

 

Now that we have acquired Rutgers and Maryland, can we bundle them together to another conference for a better team?

…This post seemed brilliant when I first started writing it, but I can't think of a single team worth the equivalent of Rutgers and Maryland that I would want in the conference. 

MichFan1997

November 20th, 2012 at 12:44 PM ^

Keep Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State on one side. Keep Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin together on the other side. Then if we can pair Penn State with Maryland and Rutgers. By numbers, they go in nebraskas side. We get Illinois and northwestern, plus indiana and purdue. 9 game schedule. Sound fair?

RunTheFootball

November 20th, 2012 at 12:48 PM ^

The Big 2

Michigan

Ohio

 

The Little Errybody Else

Errybody Else

 

This means M and Ohio will play 8 times during the regular season, and if they are both 4-4, the B1GCG will be between M and Ohio by default. Otherwise, the winner of The Series will go on to waste whoever comes out of the other division.

Think of how full the stadiums would be! MONEY.

goblue9683

November 20th, 2012 at 1:04 PM ^

 

WEST

Nebraska 
Iowa 
Wisconsin 
Minnesota 
Northwestern 
Illinois

EAST

Michigan 
Michigan State 
Ohio State 
Penn State 
Indiana

COASTAL*

Maryland 
Rutgers

 

BOLIVIA*

Purdue

*ineligible for championship game, plays all games against coastal division and Bolivia

GoBlueInNYC

November 20th, 2012 at 1:42 PM ^

People need to stop being so dramatic. The Big10 did something very stupid, sure, but the entirety of college football is not in any danger of "destroying itself." College football, including Michigan football, isn't going anywhere.

In the words of Douglas Adams:

Yostal

November 20th, 2012 at 1:06 PM ^

 

OK, New B1G expansion plan:
 
Add Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, NC State, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and Boston College to go to 24.
 
Create four new divisions:
Big Ten East:
Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Purdue, 
Big Ten West: Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska.
Big Ten Atlantic: Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Rutgers
Big Ten Coastal: Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech.
 
The East and West will play against each other exclusively, the Atlantic and Coastal will do the same.

Ed Shuttlesworth

November 20th, 2012 at 1:14 PM ^

I'd prefer something like 24.   Make it two "Big Tens" -- one comprised of actual Big Ten schools; the other the larger pod of barely confederated teams bundled for TV purposes under the Big Ten Network umbrella.

That idea's better than the current one and there's no inherent reason a "Big Ten Network" team has to play other Big Ten teams.