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Big Ten Divisions and Future Schedules Announced

Submitted by on September 1, 2010No Comment

Months of speculation has ended.  More than two months ago, Nebraska joined the Big Ten, and we wondered how they would divide up the conference.  Well, just minutes ago, live on the Big Ten Network, the news came down.

According to Jim Delany, the divisions were determined by factoring in three qualities, ensuring competitive equality, maintaining rivalries, and securing geographical boundaries.  These divisions will only exist for football, and no other sports.  The official names for these divisions, divisional championship trophies, and the new conference logo will be announced in the coming months.

Delany also announced that each team will play five games against the other members of their division, that there will be one protected crossover game, and to rotate through two crossover games. By 2015, Delany hopes to add a 9th conference game.

Penn State’s protected crossover game will be Nebraska. Every season Penn State will play two biggest draws in the conference, both Ohio State and Nebraska.  The year-ending matchup will come against Wisconsin.  Reports are that the game will feature a new trophy: a keg. Fitting, for two of the best party schools in the country.

Initial reaction: I love it.  Penn State’s path to the Big Ten title game won’t be easy, but it never was.  Going forward, as it always has been, for Penn State to win the Big Ten, they’ll have to get through Ohio State.  And adding a protected yearly matchup with Nebraska offers the ability to foster a new rivalry with one of the most tradition rich programs in the country. The other four games aren’t terrible, either–Illinois and Indiana are the bottom feeders of the conference, and offer two should-be gimme wins every season.  Purdue hasn’t been great lately, but I won’t pencil them in for a win before the season.  Wisconsin is a big time opponent, and playing them every year should be fun.

The negatives: It’ll be difficult to give up the Land Grant trophy, but somehow, I think I can survive.  The biggest loss is that Penn State will only be able to play Michigan twice every six years, but as Rich Rodriguez and that program circles the drain, that might not be so bad.

I think I’m missing the biggest positive, though: Penn State doesn’t have to play Iowa 4 out of every 6 years. God, I hate those guys.

The other disappointment comes in the new schedules to facilitate these divisions:

Penn State’s 2011 schedule was set up to be pretty incredible, with Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Alabama all at home.  It loses some of the luster, as Ohio State and Wisconsin become road tilts.  Still, Penn State will face Nebraska and Iowa in Beaver Stadium, along with Purdue and Illinois. Not terrible, but not the greatest home schedule ever it was set up to be.

And for a 2011 squad set to compete for a Big Ten and national title, could you imagine a tougher end to the season than Nebraska, @Ohio State, @Wisconsin?

Lastly, Since Penn State plays at Ohio State this year, the Beaver Stadium crowd will never again have a shot to rattle Terrelle Pryor.

Last note: the conference has absolutely laid itself down in sacrifice to Michigan and Ohio State.  Not only will those teams be separated, to give them a chance to meet up in the Big Ten championship game, but they’re also playing the last game of the regular season.  The possibility of seeing OSU-UM two consecutive weeks is alive and well…Yippie!

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