The ongoing talks of getting a 12th team in the Big Ten for football season continues.
I've heard ideas of dipping into the Big East, the Mountain West, and Notre Dame has been the target for years, but I think the solution is much simpler than that.
Getting that 12th team for football will give the conference a little more legitimacy, as they would then be able to schedule a conference championship.
I don't think the Big Ten is looking for a championship-caliber team, just someone who can provide stiff competition and possibly be a consistent face in the bowl games.
For the past several years, most of the Big Ten teams have been overmatched in bowl games, especially in the BCS.
Would a 12th team mean closer bowl games?
No, but it would allow the conference to play a regular season game in the month of December, because only two teams did that this year (Wisconsin and Illinois, both nonconference).
The Big Ten goes into hiding at Thanksgiving, so people (voters) just seem to forget about them come bowl season.
When the bowl games pop up in January, it will be the first action that some teams have seen in a month and a half. That's just too long to go without playing, which is a big reason why the scores are one-sided in January.
The Big East won't go for it, the Mountain West is too far west and Notre Dame is going absolutely nowhere.
So, to expand the Big Ten (solely for football), one should look no further than the...