Posted April 20, 2013

Report: Big Ten to realign divisions by geography beginning in 2014

The Big Ten will be divided into East and West divisions beginning in the 2014 season, according to ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy and Adam Rittenberg.

Teams will be assigned to the divisions based on geography, with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin in the proposed Big Ten West and Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers in the proposed Big Ten East.

Maryland and Rutgers are set to join the league in 2014.

The alignment will replace the current setup of the Legends and Leaders divisions, which were created in 2011 based primarily on competitive balance.

The conference’s presidents and chancellors are expected to vote on the matter next week, when they will likely approve a change to a nine-game conference schedule beginning in the 2016 season.

From the ESPN.com report:

With the new division format, rivals Indiana and Purdue will be the only protected game between teams from the East and West divisions, ESPN.com reported last month.

The Big Ten wants to create as much flexibility as possible with its league schedules.

A 10-game conference schedule, once considered by the league, is no longer a possibility because of the necessity of teams needing seven home games a year, a source said.


6 comments
6marK6
6marK6

That West is super soft and the East super hard. Not a fair distribution of power. Badger fans should be delighted.

mcmillandcs932l
mcmillandcs932l

I understand the logistic of it all but the west division may have to rely on backing into a championship wins only because the big boys in the east division can knock each other out of the division championship. Although on the other hand the Wisconsin program has made a practice of backing in with much less talent than Ohio, Michigan, Penn State. Wisconsin has pulled off taking a beating from all the big boys in one season and still make it to the rose bowl. I think Barry Alvarez may be from another planet. Unfortunately, Arkansas is going to find out they hired an empty vessel in Bret Bielema.   

 

RipsNordic
RipsNordic

Please put Michigan and Ohio St together. Make them play spoiler to each other for the Big 10 championship game.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I'm still so annoyed that Maryland is leaving the ACC. A con job from start to finish. There is NO honor in the NCAA at all. None. 

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

Losers and Liars was always a better choice than Leaders and Legends anyway.