Big 10 to split up into two divisons
The biggest surprise was that Ohio State and Michigan will be in separate divisions.
Neither division has been named but one division will have Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Northwestern. The other division will include Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Purdue and Indiana.
Commissioner Jim Delany said creating football divisions with competitive balance was the top priority and No. 2 was maintaining a cross-division rivalry game for each team.
Michigan and Ohio State will be a cross-divisional rivalry and continue to play each other each year in the Big Ten regular-season finale, as they have since 1943. That also means that they could wind up meeting again for the conference championship a week or two later on a neutral field.
Over the next two seasons, Big Ten teams will play eight conference games, but that could increase in the future.
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