The Big Ten conference is looking to make some major changes in the next couple of seasons. Besides the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the Big Ten looks to realign its divisions and change the overall name of each division.
Conference commissioner Jim Delany and the conference realignment crew has decided to rename the divisions ‘East’ and ‘West’, changing the names from the unpopular Leaders and Legends Division names. Not only are they changing names, but they are also changing some team’s division placement.
A closer look at the divisions and you will see a serious talent distribution problem. While you could argue that any team in the Big Ten could have the chance to be a contender some time in the future, as of right now, four of the top six teams in the conference happen to fall into one division, leaving the other division deprived.
The East Division would contain top teams such as Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State, making for an all out brawl for a division title each season. This could also be a problem because, like last season, the top two teams in the conference would fail to meet each other in the title game. The best teams in the West Division consist of Wisconsin and Nebraska.
This division realignment wouldn’t take place until 2014 because that is when the new teams join the Big Ten, but that doesn’t change the fact that the division seems to be overloaded on one side and weak on the other.
Let’s hope these divisions are just a rumor and nothing is set in stone because the conference would never see great rivalries like Ohio State and Michigan in the title game. This would be bad for the Big Ten; maybe geography is not the best division realignment barometer.