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    Big Ten to announce divisions Wednesday night
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    PARK RIDGE, Ill. September 1, 2010 (AP)
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    Hold your breath, Big Ten fans: The conference will announce Wednesday evening how it intends to break into two, six-team divisions starting next season.

    Football will be most affected by the divisional format. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has said the conference's athletic directors and school presidents will go to great lengths to respect traditional rivalries.


    Michigan and Ohio State have played each other in the regular-season finale every year since 1943, and there are a host of other rivalries around the conference.

    Nebraska will join the Big Ten as its 12th team next year.

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    Here is another article:


    Updated: September 1, 2010, 2:54 PM ET
    Sources: Big Ten to reveal alignment
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    The Big Ten will announce its much-anticipated, two six-team divisional setup for the 2011-12 season later Wednesday, with traditional football powers Ohio State and Michigan in opposing divisions and new member Nebraska aligned with the Wolverines.

    Multiple sources told ESPN.com that the two divisions in the Big Ten will look like:

    • Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern and Minnesota.

    • Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois.

    The Big Ten issued a press release saying it would announce its divisional alignment at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday. According to sources, the divisions were decided upon Monday.

    According to multiple sources, the Big Ten wanted to preserve a number of traditional rivalries such as Michigan-Michigan State, Iowa-Minnesota, Purdue-Indiana and Indiana-Illinois.

    The Big Ten is also expected to announce a consistent crossover game in football similar to Ohio State-Michigan that will be played each year. Expect to see longtime rivals Wisconsin and Minnesota playing every season.

    In men's basketball, according to sources, the Big Ten could play a 16-game conference schedule by taking a model similar to those used by the Big 12 and Southeastern conferences. In those leagues, teams play each division opponent twice and then single games -- three at home and three on the road -- against teams in the opposing division.

    However, the Big Ten has not had complaints with its current 18-game conference schedule and could stick with that format and have one 12-team division in basketball.

    The Big 12 will finish such a format this season after it loses Nebraska -- the Cornhuskers are joining the Big Ten as its 12th member -- and possibly Colorado, if the Buffaloes can leave the Big 12 for the Pac-10 while paying its exit fee.

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    at least PSU got away from Michigan!

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    OSU,Wisconsin,and P.S.U. is a pretty stout division!
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    I'd have liked Nebraska and Penn Stat in the same division but you can't have it all. I like the way it shapes up. Happy with it.

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    Big Ten announces division alignment, separates Michigan and Ohio State
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    The Big Ten announced its football division alignments in a setup that places rivals Michigan and Ohio State in separate divisions but preserves the schools' annual regular-season ending showdown in November.

    One division features Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin and the other features Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern.

    The winners of each division will meet in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game on Dec. 3, 2011 at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium.

    BIG TEN SCHEDULE: 2011 and 2012 conference play

    "We considered multiple models and countless permutations in an effort to achieve the most competitively balanced divisions while at the same time respecting our traditions, preserving existing rivalries, and creating opportunities for the establishment and growth of new rivalries," Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement.

    The Big Ten also released conference schedules for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Each school will face the five other schools within its division while also meeting thre teams from the other division, including a guranteed matchup against a traditional cross-division rival.

    The guaranteed cross-division matchups in addition to Michigan-Ohio State include Illinois-Northwestern, Indiana-Michigan State, Penn State-Nebraska, Purdue-Iowa and Wisconsin-Minnesota.

    "We have listened to the feedback from our institutions, alumni and fans, and while we understand that no final alignments could possibly satisfy all of our constituents, we believe that we have achieved a very exciting result," Delany said.

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    So it sounds like PSU will finally have its own rival with Nebraska. I'm assuming that's going to be the last game every year- replacing the sham that was the PSU-MSU game.

    I still hold a grudge against Nebraska for '94 even though it wasn't any doing of theirs.
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    Wow... Michigan State must be thrilled to get an annual game vs Indiana! Easy W!

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    I'd have liked Nebraska and Penn Stat in the same division but you can't have it all. I like the way it shapes up. Happy with it.
    The previous "Big-10" members might hate having Nebraska in the league... I think they are gonna be good in the near future.
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    I think Nebraska will be strong in a relatively short amount of time....and quickly be a top 10 team in the future. Which is what I want. It brings the big ten respectability.
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    I think Nebraska will be strong in a relatively short amount of time....and quickly be a top 10 team in the future. Which is what I want. It brings the big ten respectability.
    Agreed... But I still hate Big-10 football.....
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    Lol!

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    As a Michigan fan, it's gonna be pretty cool to see Nebraska run out of the tunnel at the Big House as well as seeing the Wolverines play at Memorial Stadium!

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    It's great having another ncaa power in the big ten it will be awesome for the teams such as michigan to build a rivalry with Nebraska. Can't wait!

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    I'd have liked Nebraska and Penn Stat in the same division but you can't have it all. I like the way it shapes up. Happy with it.
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    New-look Big Ten splits into two divisions in '11
    Thursday, September 02, 2010
    By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State and Nebraska will be seeing more of each other starting next season when the Cornhuskers join the Big Ten Conference.

    The two teams will play each other on an annual basis as part of a guaranteed cross-division matchup.

    "We are pleased to have Nebraska as Penn State's annual crossover game," Penn State athletic director Tim Curley said in a statement. "We have had outstanding contests with Nebraska in the past and look forward to hosting the Cornhuskers in Beaver Stadium in 2011.

    The Big Ten revealed its two six-team divisions Wednesday night:

    • Penn State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois.

    • Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern and Minnesota.

    Beginning in 2011, each Big Ten school will play the five other teams within its division, three teams from the other division and a guaranteed yearly cross-division game.

    The winner of each division, which commissioner Jim Delany said he hopes to have names for within 90 days, will meet in the inaugural Big Ten championship game Dec. 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

    That game will determine the Big Ten champion and the conference's participant in the Rose Bowl or Bowl Championship Series national championship game.

    "Over the past several months, Big Ten staff and directors of athletics have met on several occasions to discuss and finalize division alignments," Delany said. "We focused on competitive equality, traditional rivalries and geography.

    "We considered multiple models and countless permutations in an effort to achieve the most competitively balanced divisions while at the same time respecting our traditions, preserving existing rivalries and creating opportunities for the establishment and growth of new rivalries.

    "We have listened to the feedback from our institutions, alumni and fans, and while we understand that no final alignments could possibly satisfy all of our constituents, we believe that we have achieved a very exciting result."

    The Big Ten also announced updated conference schedules for the 2011 and '12 seasons.

    The Nittany Lions will face Big Ten opponents Iowa, Purdue, Illinois and Nebraska at Beaver Stadium in '11, while visiting Indiana, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Penn State also will have non-conference home games against Indiana State, Alabama and Eastern Michigan and play Temple on the road.

    In '12, Penn State will play Northwestern, Ohio State, Indiana and Wisconsin at home and face Illinois, Iowa, Purdue and Nebraska on the road. The Lions also will play Ohio, Navy and Temple in home non-conference games and Virginia on the road.

    "We are pleased with the final divisional alignments and look forward to playing our divisional opponents starting next season," Curley said. "Divisional play will add a new dimension to Big Ten football and this new era will add to the tremendous interest and excitement for all Penn State, Big Ten and college football fans."

    Ron Musselman: rmusselman@post-gazette.com.


    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10245...#ixzz0yMf8DJuC

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