Big Ten Announces Changes to Football Divisions and Scheduling Format

By Chris Lauderback on April 28, 2013 at 1:23p
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As expected, earlier today, the B1G Council of Presidents/Chancellors approved changes to the existing football divisions and the reinstitution of nine-game conference schedules. 

The newly named East and West divisions will take effect in 2014 and play out like this: 

B1G FOOTBALL DIVISIONS EFFECTIVE 2014
EAST WEST
Indiana Illinois
Maryland Iowa
Michigan Minnesota
Michigan State Nebraska
Ohio State Northwestern
Penn State Purdue
Rutgers Wisconsin

The alignment puts all Eastern Time Zone teams in the East Division and all Central Time Zone teams in the West Division with the exception of Purdue. 

The conference press release continues:

Each school will play the other six schools in its division plus two teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015, which will serve as transitional years in which the schools will still be playing eight-game schedules. Beginning in 2016, each school will play three teams from the other division as part of its nine-game schedule. The cross-division games will include one protected matchup on an annual basis between Indiana and Purdue.

On the scheduling, the nine-game conference slate will begin in 2016. 

During even-numbered years, teams in the East will host five conference home games while the West squads will host five conference home games in the odd-numbered years. 

The change brings back a nine-game conference slate for the first time since the 1983 and 1984 seasons. 

During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, teams will play each of the other six schools in their division plus two teams from the other division. 

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