Big Ten makes it official: East/West Divisions & 9 gm schedule

Submitted by Leaders And Best on April 28th, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Big Ten just put out the press release:

Big Ten East Division: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.

Big Ten West Division: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.

9 game conference schedule beginning in 2016.

Protected cross-division games eliminated with the exception of Indiana-Purdue.

East Division will have 5 home conference games in even years, meaning Michigan will have Ohio State at home in our 4 game home conference slate in odd years.


the Glove

April 28th, 2013 at 2:53 PM ^

Because if you don't play nine games then an entire class will not play another team in the conference. So Michigan would play Wisconsin every five to six years. You would have a class from freshman to senior year that would never play against Wisconsin.


April 28th, 2013 at 3:10 PM ^

That's not really true. If you play 8 games with a 14 team league then you play 6 division and 2 non-division games every year. Which means that you do play every single team every 3.5 years so with a 4 year player's career they would see every other school. The only way you don't see all of the other teams in 4 years if you repeat home and away with schools over 3 years rather than just playing one or the other and then playing different schools the next year.


It is true that you would not travel to other schools during each players career you wind up only playing 4 road games against those 7 teams in 4 years so they never get to visit 3 of those other 7 schools. Though I can't think of a reason that not visiting another campus really matters as they don't do much more than play and hang out at the hotel on road trips.


April 28th, 2013 at 3:17 PM ^

This is all good for us.

Remember when we were going to have to play MSU as the last game of the regular season, while Nebraska / Penn State and Ohio State / Wisconsin became the new Big Ten headliner games?

Yeah, I'm pretty pleased with where we ended up.



April 28th, 2013 at 5:01 PM ^

With the possibility of only having 4 home games in a season, I think that it probably means that we are done scheduling road games in the non conference schedule every other year. This also probably means more games against MAC foes at the Big House, since money talks.


April 28th, 2013 at 7:03 PM ^

How fitting. The game before they unveil the new divisions on BTN is the game where Iowa beats Sparty on the last play of the game. 

edit: I thought I saw there was supposed to be something on btn. I guess not. Oh well. Still nice to see them lose like that. 


April 28th, 2013 at 8:17 PM ^

On a personal note....  I enjoy road trips West more than road trips East...     I really enjoy taking over Northwesterns Stadium on a fall day and was hoping to eventually make it to Camp Randall stadium and the long trek to Nebraska.


April 29th, 2013 at 1:55 AM ^

UM, MN, WI, MSU, PSU, Rutgers and NU in the North Division.

OSU, NE, IA, IL, IN, Purdue, Maryland in the the South Division.


Though UM would have a inter-division game every year against OSU while half of the north would not play OSU in a particular MSU, PSU, NU or WI could ease into a division title at times.


Even though the East at this point in time and for the foreseeable future will be the dominate division, I like that the way to the big 10 championship will be through the Michigan - OSU game.

In a few years it will be the far more better game then the B1G championship game. It may come to the point where the winner of the UM-OSU game will rest their starters in the B1G championship game so that they will be fresh for the NC playoff run!