5 Reasons the Big Ten Football Program Will Benefit from Changes in 2014

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5 Reasons the Big Ten Football Program Will Benefit from Changes in 2014
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Wisconsin celebrates its Big Ten Championship win over Nebraska to earn a third-straight Rose Bowl appearance.

The Big Ten will have an entirely new look in 2014, and whether you like change or not, the modifications will be favorable for the conference.

While not all of these are official, it's likely that there will be four substantial differences after next season.

The two confirmed changes are the additions of Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten, and the non-conference schedules won't contain any FCS teams (via Paul Myerberg of USA Today).

The other two promising changes will be the expansion to nine or 10 conference games, and the realignment of the divisions to West and East (per Yahoo! Sports).

If this happens, the West should feature Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Northwestern. The East will have Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland and Rutgers. This leaves Purdue and Indiana as the two teams likely to be split up.

With all these transformations, here is why the Big Ten schools will improve moving forward.

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