There have been talks of a new division realignment in the Big Ten. The two divisions right now are the Legends and the Leaders Divisions. However, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN reported that the new divisions will be called the ‘west’ and ‘east’ divisions.
As you can imagine, these divisions will be realigned with respect to geographic location, seemingly a toss-up. Nebraska has been placed in a division with a handful of the conference’s weaker teams. The only other major competitors in the ‘west’ division with Nebraska are Wisconsin and Northwestern.
The Badgers have made it to the Rose Bowl for the past three seasons, but with a new coach and a quarterback competition, they may not be much of competition for the Cornhuskers in 2014.
Obviously, the realignment wouldn’t go into effect until the 2014 season when Rutgers and Maryland join the conference. These two will join Nebraska as the most recent teams to join the Big Ten since 2010.
Many have mixed feelings about the proposed division realignment as it has placed four of the conference’s top seven teams in one division, including two of the top teams in the nation that happen to be fierce rivals: Ohio State and Michigan.
If Wisconsin is still experiencing a rebuilding phase in 2014, the Cornhuskers could be alone at the top of the ‘west’ division and easily run away with the division title. Northwestern is easily forgotten in this mix as they are never really considered a contender in the Big Ten, but following a 10-win season, they will give the Cornhuskers a run for their money.
This could be a very good thing for the Cornhuskers as many division titles could be in their future.