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What would a twelve team Big 10 look like?


With the talk of the Big 10 possibly looking for a twelfth member there is a big question that needs to be answered. To wit: how would a twelve team Big 10 be divided? Well, that's a pretty tricky question there.
For one thing, trying to divide the conference up without knowing who the twelfth member is makes it a little hard to divide geographically. Assuming that the Big 12 would raid a Big East team makes it a little easier. The new team would naturally go in the eastern division. The trick is making the divisions equal in both geographic and competitive balance.
Going with East/West divisions, it could line up as follows:

West
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Iowa
Illinois
Northwestern
Purdue


East
Michigan
Michigan St.
Ohio St.
Penn St.
Indiana
(12th member)


As you can tell, the divisions do not quite divide equally along state lines the way the Big 12 or the SEC does. To get the divisions to work in the SWRT scenario, Purdue and Indiana had to be placed in separate conferences, even though they're both in Indiana. If somehow Notre Dame accepted an invite into the conference, it would put two Indiana teams in the East and one in the West. West Lafayette is slightly farther west than South Bend, so Purdue would still go in the west.
Of course this plan pretty much makes the Big 10 West the weaker sister of the two conferences. Unlike the SEC, where both conferences are pretty much even most years (with Alabama/LSU/Auburn in the West, Florida/UGA/Tennessee in the East). The Big 10 East would have the pick of the litter of Big 10 teams, plus the new school. It would be more like the Big 12, where the South is stronger than the North. On the plus side, Michigan and Ohio State are pretty much preserved as yearly rivals.
Using a North/South division is a little trickier, but may be slightly more even.
North
Wisconsin
Michigan
Michigan St.
Minnesota
Iowa
Northwestern/ (12th member)

South
Ohio St.
Indiana
Illinois
Purdue
Penn St.
Northwestern/ (12th member)


In this scenario, Ohio St. and Michigan are in separate divisions. For their rivalry to continue there would have to be some two or three member partnerships that cross divisions. This would be especially true if Notre Dame is the twelfth team, and was in a different conference than fellow Indiana schools Indiana and Purdue. The geography is a bit shaky, but it does provide the possibility of a Ohio St./Michigan rematch each year in a championship.
(And as for a Big 10 championship site, Chicago's the obvious choice, even if it's too close to the Illinois' Champaign campus)
Either set-up isn't geographically perfect, and could vary with a team or two. The trick will be to create two divisions that will be competitively balanced.


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With the talk of the Big 10 possibly looking for a twelfth member there is a big question that needs to be answered. To wit: how would a twelve team Big 10 be divided? Well, that's a pretty tricky question there.
For one thing, trying to divide the conference up without knowing who the twelfth member is makes it a little hard to divide geographically. Assuming that the Big 12 would raid a Big East team makes it a little easier. The new team would naturally go in the eastern division. The trick is making the divisions equal in both geographic and competitive balance.
Going with East/West divisions, it could line up as follows:

West
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Iowa
Illinois
Northwestern
Purdue


East
Michigan
Michigan St.
Ohio St.
Penn St.
Indiana
(12th member)


As you can tell, the divisions do not quite divide equally along state lines the way the Big 12 or the SEC does. To get the divisions to work in the SWRT scenario, Purdue and Indiana had to be placed in separate conferences, even though they're both in Indiana. If somehow Notre Dame accepted an invite into the conference, it would put two Indiana teams in the East and one in the West. West Lafayette is slightly farther west than South Bend, so Purdue would still go in the west.
Of course this plan pretty much makes the Big 10 West the weaker sister of the two conferences. Unlike the SEC, where both conferences are pretty much even most years (with Alabama/LSU/Auburn in the West, Florida/UGA/Tennessee in the East). The Big 10 East would have the pick of the litter of Big 10 teams, plus the new school. It would be more like the Big 12, where the South is stronger than the North. On the plus side, Michigan and Ohio State are pretty much preserved as yearly rivals.
Using a North/South division is a little trickier, but may be slightly more even.
North
Wisconsin
Michigan
Michigan St.
Minnesota
Iowa
Northwestern/ (12th member)

South
Ohio St.
Indiana
Illinois
Purdue
Penn St.
Northwestern/ (12th member)


In this scenario, Ohio St. and Michigan are in separate divisions. For their rivalry to continue there would have to be some two or three member partnerships that cross divisions. This would be especially true if Notre Dame is the twelfth team, and was in a different conference than fellow Indiana schools Indiana and Purdue. The geography is a bit shaky, but it does provide the possibility of a Ohio St./Michigan rematch each year in a championship.
(And as for a Big 10 championship site, Chicago's the obvious choice, even if it's too close to the Illinois' Champaign campus)
Either set-up isn't geographically perfect, and could vary with a team or two. The trick will be to create two divisions that will be competitively balanced.



Posted originally: 2009-12-12 23:45:00
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