Big Ten to announce divisions tonight

The Big Ten Network will formally announce the divisions for the 12-team Big Ten at 7 p.m. tonight in a 90-minute television special on, of course, the Big Ten Network.

CHICAGO – The Big Ten Network will air the official live announcement of the Big Ten football divisions with Commissioner Jim Delany at 7 p.m. ET tonight.  The show will also be streamed live at BigTenNetwork.com

Lead studio host Dave Revsine will host the football special and be joined by analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Confirmed guests will include athletic directors David Brandon of Michigan, Mark Hollis of Michigan State, Gene Smith of Ohio State, Tom Osborne of Nebraska, and other Big Ten Network analysts.

However, ESPN’s Andy Katz is reporting what these divisions will be:

Division I

Michigan
Nebraska
Iowa
Michigan State
Northwestern
Minnesota

Division II

Ohio State
Penn State
Wisconsin
Purdue
Indiana
Illinois

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Obviously this would keep Purdue and Indiana playing in the regular-season finale, which may have been the biggest factor in all of this for the Hoosiers. Also do not discount that Indiana continues to have Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Illinois in Memorial Stadium every-other season. In terms of competitiveness, this seems fair.

18 comments

  1. If this is the split, we would be guranteed to play Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue & Illinois every year, would the remaining 3 games alternate every other year or stay on the 4 year rotation I think it is currently at?

  2. I hate to be negative but I have a funny feeling the big wigs will screw this division thing all up. What cracks me up is I could pick 3 or 4 bloggers and we could sit at Nick’s with a laptop and beer and do it the right way!

  3. It should have been: IU, Purdue, IL, NU, MN and Iowa! My guess is that the other 3 games will rotate every 2 years. IU will play 3 schools from the other division, 2 at home and one away in year one and switch those same 2 on the road and one home the next year. Then the same pattern for the next 2 years with the other 3 teams from the other division.

  4. One of the issues is whether the league will go to a nine game schedule. Maybe we will hear about that tonight. Personally, I don’t see how you can have 12 teams and not play 3 of them in a given year.

  5. “I hate to be negative but I have a funny feeling the big wigs will screw this division thing all up. What cracks me up is I could pick 3 or 4 bloggers and we could sit at Nick’s with a laptop and beer and do it the right way!”

    Back in 1999 sitting at a train station (and enjoying numerous libations) in Paris with a fellow Cutter, we did proposed NFL realignment. I believe we were almost 100% as to what the NFL did. Those were heady days… I think

  6. I actually like the choice for each division. Now I am looking ahead and wondering how they will divide a 16 team conference. First 10, 11, 12 there not going backwards for $$$.

  7. It today’s divisional alignment announcement is in fact for both football and basketball, the Big Ten’s head honchos really messed this one up. Yes, you can argue that the alignment as is makes sense for football from a competitive standpoint, but how this makes sense for basketball I have no idea. You put 5 of the top 6 teams (traditionally speaking) in the conference in IU’s division and then put Michigan State in a division with perennial bottom-feeders like Northwestern and Iowa and a trio of teams in Nebraska, Michigan and Minnesota that certainly don’t fall into the categories of “power” when it comes to basketball. To me, it would make much more sense and provide much more competitive balance for both football and basketball if you were to swap Wisconsin and Illinois for Iowa and Northwestern so the divisions look like this:

    – IU, PU, OSU, PSU, Iowa, and Northwestern
    – MSU, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wiscy, Illinois

    That gives you 3 football powers (OSU, PSU and Iowa in one and Michigan, Nebraska, and Wiscy in the other) and 3 basketball powers (IU, OSU, and PU in one and MSU, Wiscy and Illinois in the other) in each division.

  8. To go off topic for a second, but how lucky are we to have the Big Ten Network? To be able to watch a show about division announcements, to see IU football games vs. Towson in HD no less…BTN is the best thing to happen to college sports.

    I trust the heads of the Big Ten to always do the smart thing.

  9. GF, Delany said at Big Ten media day that he wants to go to a nine-game schedule and that will almost definitely happen. But it won’t happen until 2015 at earliest because of commitments that have already been made for non-conference games.

  10. I really think that I remember some B10 statement in the past to the effect that the ‘division’ set-up would be for the purposes of football only. I hope….. This arrangement would be ok for football but this ‘northwest/southeast’ divide would create (in basketball) one division of ‘Michigan State and the 5 dwarves’ and another all-killer division.

  11. If this applies to basketball with a 16 game set up we better hope that we get alot better real soon! MSU has a yearly cake walk. Is that Izzo’s prize for not going pro? This will be the toughest division in the country! If we can survive it we sure will be ready for the tourney.
    Seems as though the football money talks the loudest!

  12. I just saw what was billed as a promo photo on the set of the BIg Ten Network that shows:

    DIV. 1
    Michigan
    Penn St.
    Wisconsin
    Indiana
    Northwestern
    Michigan St.

    DIV. 2
    Ohio St.
    Nebraska
    Iowa
    Illinois
    Purdue
    Minnesota

    We’ll see which is correct soon…..

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