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Big Ten To announce 2011 divisions on Wednesday?

Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:26 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 3:38 pm
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Posted by Chip Patterson

The addition of Nebraska in 2011 has provided the Big Ten with the opportunity to host its own conference championship game, adding an extra week of premiere Big Ten football and most importantly, a significant spike in revenue for the conference.

While it was initially expected that the announcement will come in mid-September, there is speculation that we could know as soon as Wednesday evening.

The Big Ten Network has scheduled a "live football special" for Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.  It is the belief of some that this will be the announcement of the 2011 divisions.

The most commotion has been caused by the discussion of how to divide the divisions of the new 12-team Big Ten.  Most notably, how the split may affect the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.

There are those that believe the teams should be in the same division, so that their annual matchup will continue to take place in late November, as the last game of the season.  If "The Game" were to be moved any earlier in the season, it would certainly be to the displeasure of many former Buckeyes and Wolverines - many of whom have sounded off publicly on the issue.

Unfortunately, many of the heavy hitters, especially Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney, believe that splitting Ohio State and Michigan across the divisions will be better for the cash flow rivalry in the big picture.

"You can make a pretty good argument that Michigan and Ohio State should never be playing for a divisional title," [Delaney] said in explaining why the two rivals would be in different divisions. "If they're going to play, play for the right to go to the Rose Bowl."
Of course, a Buckeyes-Wolverines showdown in the Big Ten championship game has the potential to generate an absurd amount of money for the conference, and as we have clearly seen throughout the last decade with expansion: the name of the game is dollar dollar bills yall.

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Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Big Ten To announce 2011 divisions on Wednesday?

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Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2010 10:42 pm
 

Big Ten To announce 2011 divisions on Wednesday?

Sprtsdvl:  Really?  A blobos fan talking education smack about the Big Ten.  I realize the long list of UNM Nobel Prize winners...oh, wait there aren't any of those who teach there on a regular basis.  Well at least you have a famed writing program...no, you don't have one of those.  I know what UNM has - Rte 66 hookers on the corner and a fat guy selling chicken in front of the University.

Look, I grew up in Big Ten country and currently live in Albuquerque.  UNM can't hold a candle to the weakest school in the Big Ten for academics or athletics.  Your football team is an irrelevant joke in its own city.  Your basketball team is coached by a guy who couldn't handle Iowa and BYU just left your conference to avoid Lobo stink. 

Leave the message board to intelligent adults.




Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:40 pm
 

Big Ten To announce 2011 divisions on Wednesday?

Kindof a stretch to include ALL games for two teams [psu & ar] that have only been in the league a short time!  AND THEN, when the BIG games are played, how well does the BIG Ten showup?  Roll SEC!!!



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 1:26 pm
 

Big Ten To announce 2011 divisions on Wednesday?

Sure, but the Michigan coaching job is still very highly regarded, and one day after DickRod is gone (later this year), they will likely be relevant again.  I'd even venture to say within the decade.  Given the long history of the rivalry, you've got to think beyond just the likely temporary (damn it) state of the program.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 1:23 pm
 

Big Ten To announce 2011 divisions on Wednesday?

What is with all of this OSU/Michigan championship game talk?  Michigan needs to win more than 5 games a season before that should even be considered.  Yea they have a rich history (no pun intended on that "rich"), but right now they seem pretty irrelevant to me.  Get off the maize and blue.



Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2010 12:48 pm
 

Big Ten To announce 2011 divisions on Wednesday?

North

Michigan
Michigan St
Northwestern
Iowa
Minnesota
Wisonsin

South
Ohio St
Penn St
Indiana
Purdue
Nebraska
Illinois





Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 12:38 pm
 

Big Ten To announce 2011 divisions on Wednesday?

Big Ten holds an extremely narrow 92-91-6 advantage vs. the SEC in all time games to include PSU and Arkansas prior to joining their conference.  Kinda even for those who say one conference is better than the other....



Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2010 12:27 pm
 

Big Ten To announce 2011 divisions on Wednesday?

Add the league games up for me!  5 games w/in the division and 2 games from opposite division pods.  TOTAL of 7 league games per season.  How do you get 9?



Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2010 12:24 pm
 

Big Ten To announce 2011 divisions on Wednesday?

heard on the radio today from wdfn in detroit the divisions will be set up this way


division 1

michigan
msu
neb
iowa
minn
nw

division 2

osu
psu
wisc
ill
pur
ind



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2010 12:03 pm
 

Big Ten To announce 2011 divisions on Wednesday?

I like dodds divisions.

Division 1
Pod East
Michigan
Michigan State

Pod Central
Indiana
Northwestern


Pod West
Iowa
Nebraska

Division 2
Pod East
Ohio State
Penn State

Pod Central
Illinois
Purdue

Pod West
Wisconsin
Minnesota

Each team will play each team in its division and pod, and one team from the opposite divisions other two pods; totalling 9 games.
The winner from one division plays the winner of the other, and there can be repeat games.

What do you think? 


Why on earth would you split up Purdue and Indiana?


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