Iowa Football: Breaking Down the Most Important Rivals in Restructured Big Ten

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Iowa Football: Breaking Down the Most Important Rivals in Restructured Big Ten
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With change all over the place for the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Big Ten Conference, rivalries will take interesting turns in the near future.

Massive assistant coaching changes took place in the offseason for Iowa, including its latest additions of Jim Reid and Bobby Kennedy (via HawkeyeSports.com).

The Big Ten will be making some modifications as well starting in 2014.

First, the conference will welcome in its newest members, Maryland and Rutgers.

Second, according to Frank Schwab of Yahoo! Sports, the Big Ten will eliminate FCS games.

Third, Tom Dienhart of BTN has reported that the Big Ten will begin playing nine or 10 conference games.

Also, while this isn't official, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com points out that time zones could force a change in division realignments for the Big Ten.

For the sake of rivalries and geographical sense, let's pretend that this becomes a reality for this article.

While it hasn't been determined who exactly would be in the West and East, I'm going to guess that this will be the outcome:

West: Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue

East: Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers

Essentially, Purdue and Indiana are the wildcards but with West Lafayette slightly farther west than Bloomington, let's slide Purdue to the West division.

With that, here are the biggest rivals for the Hawkeyes heading into the modified Big Ten.

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