Despite my earlier two posts, i think i finally got it right, after thinking about it more clearly, OSU and UM would need to be in the same division because the game would lose hype if we got to play each other just a week later. Also an east-west split would be a lot more competitively balanced than a north-south split, and 4 way divisions are just too complicated. So i think this time i finally got it right. Here is how the divisions would look.
At first glance it may look like the East is a little loaded. But if you look at the records for the past 10 and 25 years, they are pretty even
Michigan State 60-62 (0.492)
Illinois 45-73 (0.381)
Michigan 81-43 (0.653)
Northwestern 61-61 (0.500)
Penn State 77-46 (0.620)
Wisconsin 86-43 (0.667)
Ohio State 102-25 (0.803)
Iowa 80-45 (0.640)
Purdue 67-57 (.0540)
Minnesota 62-62 (0.500)
Indiana 39-78 (0.333)
Nebraska 84-44 (0.656)
That equals out to be 426-311 (0.578) for the East and 418-328 (0.560) for the West.
If you look at 25 years it comes out to 1074-704-22 (0.597) for the East and 963-812-23 (0.536) for the West.
Every team would play the other 5 teams in their Division. That gives them 5 Conference games so far. That leaves 3 more games to schedule against people that are not in the division.
|Rivalries||Protected / Unprotected|
|Michigan State-Penn State||Protected|
|Ohio State-Penn State||Protected|
All but 5 major rivalries are protected with this setup.
Those 5 are:
Illinois- Ohio State
Minnesota Penn State
With the 3 non-division conference games that are scheduled all of these games could be made. Although Minnesota and Illinois would only have 1 different team to play every year.
Conference Championship Game?
The winner of the East Division and the winner of the West Division would play each other for the Conference title.
Also with this setup, Michigan and Ohio State would NEVER play each other a week later. They would be playing each other for a shot to be in the Big Ten Championship Game, which would give the game more hype, not less, like playing them a week later would (as i have had in my previous posts).