The Big Ten has officially announced the divisional alignments for its conference. The new layout will notably have Michigan and Ohio State on opposite sides of the fence. Here is the breakdown for the un-named divisions:
Division 1: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin
Division 2: Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern.
Every team will play the other five teams in their division, and three teams from the other division. One cross-division matchup is guaranteed on an annual basis, according to reports.
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The guaranteed match-ups are: Michigan-Ohio State, Penn State-Nebraska, Minnesota-Wisconsin, Northwestern-Illinois, Purdue-Iowa, Michigan State-Indiana.
The Big Ten issued the following statement on the proceedings:
“Over the past several months, Big Ten staff and directors of athletics have met on several occasions to discuss and finalize division alignments,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said in a released statement.
“We focused on competitive equality, traditional rivalries and geography. We considered multiple models and countless permutations in an effort to achieve the most competitively balanced divisions while at the same time respecting our traditions, preserving existing rivalries, and creating opportunities for the establishment and growth of new rivalries.
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"We have listened to the feedback from our institutions, alumni and fans, and while we understand that no final alignments could possibly satisfy all of our constituents, we believe that we have achieved a very exciting result.”