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I think this is going to happen. I prefer this, wonder what you guys think.
One of the biggest issues the Big Ten will have to consider when coming up with divisional alignment in 2014 is whether to keep Ohio State and Michiga
I'm all in favor of this! It was either move "The Game" to September or this because playing back to back weeks is unfair to both teams. We both by far will be carrying the B1G flag for the coming years and beating each other up in consecutive weeks doesn't help the B1G and eliminates 1 team from the 4 team BCS playoff for sure.
Now lets get rid of Leaders and Legends.
Yep, definitely the way to go.
As far as the names, I don't really care what they call the divisions.
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Works for me. It will be decades before scUM even sniffs Indy.
i want it. see stanford ucla this past season as to why cross division teams should never play in the final week. no one wants rematches let alone the following week.
I would much rather end their league championship dreams in the championship game than in a regular season game. Much more dramatic! Screw M!
Honestly undetermined. The more I see of you guys the better. On the other hand the less I see of you guys the better.
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I'm glad Gene "shit for brains" Smith is sorta, kinda open to the idea. In reading the article, he sure was wishy-washy on the whole subject and not real determined like I wish he would be.
Its the only way to go IF, the BIG goes to 16 teams. If they dont end up in the same division and they play every year, you wont see some BIG teams for 20 years unless they make it to the championship.
Darn. I figured plying twice a year would help us push ahead in the overall record in this series..
I was thinking that also. Really want that party sooner than later.
Heh. Knew someone would find a way to be unhappy
Ohio State and *ichigan's football programs and their respective fans are part of greatest rivalry in all of sports. "The game" is a national treasure. And we are fortunate to be a part of it as it's heirs and caretakers. Having Ohio State and *ichigan in the same division allows for "The Game" to be played as it has been for decades. Play it once a year as the season finale with,more often than not, something big to be on the line. I'm all for tOSU an *ichigan to be in the same division.
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If they don't put Ohio State and Michigan in the same division, they all need to be fired.
No one in America wants to see a rematch a week later in the B1G CCG. Winner goes to Indy, loser goes home. And I don't want OSU playing Michigan in October.
Not me....I'd rather insure that they never get there in the 1st place.
I don't care at all to see the same two teams play each other 2 times in an 8 day span!!
Better for us to keep them out of the championship game altogether IMO.
And playing scUM in October just doesn't sound or feel right at all.
I agree I would love to catch these guys since they were 17-0 in the late 1800s early 1900s. What a joke the ore poll era!!!
I just want to beat them twice in the same season at least once before the switch. That would be total ownage.
Yes, it was absolutely idiotic that the powers that be didn't do this from the get-go. We always should've been in the same division with them.
I totally prefer same divisions. And I don't like the idea of having cross division games locked between 2 teams. I would rather all of those games rotate every year.
This is the current poll question on 11W. So far, 61% prefer the same division and 39% prefer separate. I'm surprised it's that close. I would have expected something closer to 80/20.
is there a link to vote?
Or more like 99/1. :)
Right hand column under "11W Poll"
long as he don't throw in a self imposed loss
Here's Frank the Tank's slant on realignment:
I believe that the Big Ten will need the following requirements in any divisional structure at a minimum:
(a) Ohio State and Michigan must play annually – This is pretty obvious.
(b) Ohio State and Penn State must play annually – This might be less obvious to people outside the Big Ten (or even with some fans within the Big Ten), but trust me, this is a non-negotiable game.
(c) Penn State, Rutgers and Maryland must be in the same division – The entire crux of the Big Ten expansion to 14 is to solidify the league’s presence on the East Coast, which effectively mandates that they have to be together.
What’s evident here is that Ohio State and Penn State are really the keys to the new Big Ten divisional alignment. For instance, these parameters mean that there is no way that Ohio State can be in a division opposite of both Michigan and Penn State – the Buckeyes have to be in a division with at least one of those schools. The East Coast bloc of Penn State/Rutgers/Maryland also limits the league’s options. We also have to consider whether the divisions need to split up the four traditional powers (Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska) evenly or if 3 of them can be in one division. I personally believe that 3 of them can be in one division provided that the other side has more depth of non-bottom feeders top-to-bottom, but know that others (particularly athletic directors) may disagree with that.
What are the Big Ten divisions going to look like? - (The Chicago Tribune's Teddy) Greenstein’s...intimated that the Big Ten was looking at an East/West split for divisions with the possibility of putting Northwestern in the East due to its alumni contingents in the New York and Washington, DC regions. However, the word out of Northwestern is that they would prefer to stay in the West with its closer rivals such as Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin along with enjoying a massive influx of Nebraska fans buying up tickets in Evanston every other year.
From what I’ve seen, the divisional alignment that I had proposed a couple of weeks ago with Michigan State in the West and both Indiana and Purdue in the East and every school having a protected cross division rival won’t come to fruition. If Northwestern is in the West (and I’ll be honest as an Illinois fan that I’d personally be pretty pissed if Northwestern ends up in the East on top of Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State), then it would seem that Indiana would make more sense as the Hoosier State rep in the East (look at this Wall Street Journal article from a few years ago about how many East Coast students have been invading Bloomington lately) while Purdue would head to the West. That would mean the East would have Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Michigan State and Indiana, while the West would have Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Northwestern, Illinois and Purdue. In that event, I would hope that the Big Ten assigns Indiana-Purdue as the only protected cross division rivalry while everyone else goes on a regular rotation. This would allow the West schools to continue playing Michigan and Ohio State more often, especially if the Big Ten increases its conference schedule to 9 games. The Pac-12 did the right thing by only making the games between the various California-based members into annual cross division games and not trying to force any unnatural pairings. Hopefully, the Big Ten has the good sense to do the same.
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