Maryland prez leaks Conference divisions

Submitted by Leaders And Best on November 19th, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Not a fan of this at all.

Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN

Maryland prez tells regents MD, RU in Leaders Division w/OSU, PSU, Wisconsin, Purdue & Indiana. Illinois moves to Legends



  • Michigan
  • Nebraska
  • Michigan State
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • Northwestern
  • Illinois



  • Ohio State
  • Penn State
  • Wisconsin
  • Purdue
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Rutgers


It probably guarantees the protected crossover game (can't wait to see who they matchup with Maryland & Rutgers) which means Michigan would play the other teams once every 6 years.

Huge competitive and recruiting disadvantage for Legends Division as well as the Ohio, Pennsylvania, DC/Baltimore, and Jersey markets are all in the other division.




November 19th, 2012 at 1:50 PM ^

Cool.  Now all the people that thought "maybe this is a way to get rid of Legends and Leaders" will hate this expansion too.

Illinois is probably leaping with joy at the thought of moving into a division with their besties in Ann Arbor, though.


November 19th, 2012 at 2:04 PM ^

Admittedly, I'm looking at that once PSU is a known commodity again, which I know will take a bit. But Indiana is up and coming and Rutgers would probably be the second best team in our division (certainly third).

Fun fact: Rutgers' last recruiting class would have ranked third in the Big Ten behind only M and OSU. So don't expect them to be all that terrible.


November 19th, 2012 at 1:51 PM ^

The big question is:

How does this change the hard fought and contentious rivalry between MSU and Indiana?  We cannot afford to lose that.


November 19th, 2012 at 1:51 PM ^

So... 8 conference games - 6 division games - 1 protected game (ohio state) = 1 remaining game.  We'll play

  • Penn State
  • Wisconsin
  • Purdue
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Rutgers

Once every six years each?


November 19th, 2012 at 1:59 PM ^

The earliest that would happen is 2017 like it was before. They might even have to wait until a couple years after that depending on how schedules have filled out in the last few months. That leaves at least 3 seasons where you have only 8 conference games with one cross-division rotational game.


November 19th, 2012 at 1:54 PM ^

The only good that can come out of this now is that the Big Ten might go to a 9-game schedule (6 games in-division, 1 protected game, 2 more cross-division games), so Michigan will get to play each of those schools twice every 6 years.

I guess I'm really looking forward to that one time between 2014 and 2019 that we host Wisconsin.  Plus the one time between 2020 and 2025.



November 19th, 2012 at 2:13 PM ^

Not playing penn st and wisconsin conistently is a little annoying but its not the end of the world, maybe this breaks up the nebraska being home the same year as ohio st thing and at the end of the day are schedule doesn't really change all that much.


November 19th, 2012 at 1:52 PM ^

So we get Illinois as a baby seal every year and OSU's only hurdles to a B1G championship game are Wisconsin and Penn State (after their ban ends)?


November 19th, 2012 at 1:52 PM ^

The announcement of these schools joining already has me upset and then this realignment, if true, is horrible. If this gets brought up around the table on Thursday after a few drinks the dicussion will become R-rated very quickly. This is horrible and will ultimately ruin my holiday.


November 19th, 2012 at 2:13 PM ^

Having the easier division might help you get to the championship game, but if your goal is to make the new 4 team playoffs, it's going to hurt.

A one loss B1G champ OSU team could easily get shut out of the playoffs if, for example, Virginia Tech (future out of conference opponent) ended up being bad and OSU lost to one of Michigan or Wisconsin.


November 19th, 2012 at 2:24 PM ^

since we're using whole numbers for games, someone HAS to get screwed. OSU fans would be just as pissed if we got the two cupcakes.

For the record though, I have to ask: are you one of those guys who LIKES playing cupcakes? For instance, would you be happy with us exchanging MSU for EMU? That would make it easier for us to get to that B1G championship game. Or, do you not wanna play cupcake games unless you don't in which case you'll start complaining about not having cupcakes?

I swear, Brian, put this blog on TWIS. People complain about "oh, too many cupcakes" and then, "oh, not enough cupcakes" . "I want RR for his new offense" then "oh, STICK TO TRADITION", "those Fab 5 jerseys were so innovative" to "NEW JERSEYS SUCK", etc.

If you always want to see the glass half full, fine. Just realize that you're needlesly making your life harder. You can't do anything about it, and complaining about every change isn't going to make it better.