Posted February 19, 2013

Ohio State, Michigan likely to be in same Big Ten division, OSU AD says

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Ohio State and head coach Urban Meyer could end up in the same new Big Ten division as rival Michigan. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Ohio State and head coach Urban Meyer could end up in the same new Big Ten division as rival Michigan. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Monday that there is a “strong likelihood” the Buckeyes will be in the same division as Michigan when the conference realigns its divisions.

Smith told the Big Ten Network it was likely the two rivals could end up in the same division when Rutgers and Maryland join the conference, according to CBS Sports.

For Ohio State and Michigan, being in the same division would raise the stakes of their annual, late-season matchup. It would also take away the possibility of back-to-back showdowns in the regular-season finale and the league championship game.

The most likely current split of the future Big Ten divisions would come in an east-west divide, as the addition of Rutgers and Maryland add an East Coast flair to the league.


2 comments
Bruce S
Bruce S

So you will have one division with Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Nebraska.   And the other with Rutgers, Indiana, Maryland, Northwestern, and Illinios.   WOW!!   the Big 10 will never win another national championship in football because one division will beat the crap out of each other and then destroy the much weeker winner of the other division.  

Real smart Big 10!!

jdrago
jdrago

I freaking hope so! It would deepen the rivalry and hatred. They would play spoiler to each other for the Big 10 championship game.