Big Ten Announces Changes to Football Divisions and Scheduling Format

By Chris Lauderback on April 28, 2013 at 1:23p

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: 

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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Osuallstar7's picture

the B1G East and the L1L West

Jugdish's picture

With this alignment, our strength of schedule should not come under attack. Hopefully, the Bucks can schedule an out of conference foe that would help solidify that even more.

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notoriouswojo's picture

What does the BigTen announcement today do to the non-conf match ups in 2014 and beyond? Anyone?

NoVA Buckeye's picture

2014-2015: Next to nothing.
2016: Force us to drop one game on schedule but beyond, it's looking pretty good.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

West is not as weak as you think it is. Iowa has had Michigan State's number in recent years, Nebraska and Wisconsin have each had success recently, and Northwestern's on the rise. Minnesota and Purdue are trying to fit in and Illinois won't be a bottom-feeder for very long.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

BuckGnome's picture

Common sense prevails.  Divisional alignment based on geography, with Ohio State and scUM in the same division.
Regarding Legends and Leaders names, our long, Buckeye-national nightmare is over.

741's picture

Bring on Notre Dame and whoever else (Georgia Tech?). Get this thing done.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

As long as they have their own network, I don't see it happening.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

BoFuquel's picture

I likes it, YEP! If Lord Delany gets two more eastern members, just kick IU and Sparty to the West, and we will hardly have to ever play most of those old Big Ten teams, ecept for The Girls of Whoreville. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Recommendation: Watch BTN football report tonight at :30... I think the schedules are suppose to be announce for all teams. 
edit: What a taste of time. They told us everything we already knew. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


Buckeye32's picture

If B1G adds more teams, needs to be football schools like Oklahoma and Oklahoma St.   Even though population base significantly smaller, they tune in and support CFB, have deep traditions and are rabid fan bases.  Even step outside box and go after Florida St.
B1G network may be included in all those east coast cable packages, but question the number of viewers they'll actually have tune in. 

Go Bucks!!!

smartfootballrankings's picture

Viewers don't matter (beyond enough to get people pissed if it's not on their cable package).  Cable subscribers matter, because everyone pays for the channel, only if a few watch it.  You'd almost prefer an area like NYC where a substantial but small % of people are interested, where everyone gets charged the big fee for having B1G (even if they never turn on the channel) than Oklahoma, where everyone will care but that's not a huge number.
There's zero reason to add mediocre schools like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to suck away money from the pie.  The pie needs to grow, not shrink.  That basically comes down to GT, NC, Virginia, Texas, Notre Dame.  

tussey's picture

The protected east west match up, is that only referring to Purdue vs IU or is there one per team.  If so would that mean the we would get stuck with Illinois because of the Illibuck trophy?

Timmy_'s picture

Pretty sure the only protected match up is the Purdue v. IU game.

ATT2121's picture

Thank goodness the powers that be had the good sense to protect the annual talentfest that is IU vs Purdue. AKA "The Powerhouse Bowl"


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Crimson's picture

Well, neither of them has a realistic chance of beating another team, so they had to go with a low travel cost.  :-(

brunstar's picture

Swap Sparty and Purdue for balance.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Finally, common sense prevails in the B1G

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

I like it.  The only thing that is kind of a bummer is that we won't have the chance to beat the team up North twice in the same year.  Would have loved to have beaten them during the regular season then again in the B1G Championship game.

sirclovis's picture

Well could still accomplish that this upcomming season!

703Buckeye's picture

Too bad Nebraska is going to trample scUM. We'll be seeing the 'Huskers in Indy.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"Trample" is a little strong. Besides, Nebraska has been embarrassed by the bigger names(Ohio State, Wisconsin, M*chigan) when they've gone on the road.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

4thandinches's picture

Do you think they loaded the East to make the strength of schedule better for OSU, TTUN, and in the future Penn State to play in the NC? If we play all those teams in the East I believe our strength of schedule would be quite better than if we were in the West. 

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