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1) Go ahead and get to 20 teams, it's going to happen so let's just do it, get it over with then expansion talk is done.
2) Have the "original" Big Ten teams in one division, that way all the rivalry games are intact. Have all the "add Ons" in the other division. Play an 8 game "in division" schedule with one cross over game for a total of 9 conf games.
The "Original Gangsta's"
This way, all the little jugs, axes, turtles etc could still be played for, and some of those new schools could maintain whatever rivalry they may have built up in the past.
Just a thought...
This post was edited by RoboBuckeye 15 months ago
Interesting way of divvying them up but 1 crossover game a year means it would take you 10 years to play the other 10 teams once, 20 years to play them twice.
So what's the point of being in a conference of 20 with that kind of rotation? I think what's more likely to happen is what appears to have become called the "pod" plan, which would be four divisions of five teams each.
Each team would play its division's 4 teams every year, plus another division's 5 teams in a 2-year home-and-away rotation, then switch and play one of the other two divisions' five teams twice for two years, then the third division's teams twice for two years. That way, you're playing four teams every year and the other 15 teams twice every six years.
That made my head hurt........
How would a champion be decided without a two game playoff in the pod scenario ? I'm all for a big ten playoff by the way. I'm not sure how NCAA would feel.
On second thought we should just get 24 teams and leave the NCAA. Play as many games as we want. Then we could have our champ take on the NCAA champ in the rose bowl.
I'm sure espn and the networks would be happy to partner with the BTN to air the games
Six team divisions. Five division games and three crossovers. We could still play four non conference games. Two round playoff for conference title.
That's what we can assume they're trying to figure out. The option I like best is one where A&B and C&D play in mini-round robins and the team with the best record between A/B would play the team with the best record between C/D for the B1G championship. That means a) those two teams most likely wouldn't have played during the season, which means b) no rematch. After two years, they would rotate with A&C and B&D playing, and the two teams between A/C and B/D with the best records would play in the B1G CCG, and then two years later, A&D and B&C would play and, again, the two teams between A/D and B/C with the best records would play in the B1G CCG.
It obviously works better with 16 teams because each team would play the other 3 teams in its pod, four teams in another pod plus an annual crossover rival, which would ensure OSU-Michigan would always be played even if they're in separate divisions. That also means only 8 conference games (3 + 4 + 1), which would still let everyone schedule 4 OOC games, which would help protect revenue streams. Plus the odds of a rematch are minimized because it could only be played between teams that would have played as crossover rivals.
See the attached chart as an example of how it would work. I picked UVA and Virginia Tech as placeholders since odds are the next two teams will probably come from the ACC (and, yes, I know Va Tech is not in the AAU).
This post was edited by iowabuckeyes 15 months ago
Head really hurting.....
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