Conference Expansion: (Potential) Big Ten Expansion Odds and Ends

Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst IJune 9, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  (R-L) Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks talks with head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes at the 96th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Divisional Alignment: Assuming Nebraska exits stage east and heads to the Big Ten , one of the most hotly discussed topic will be the alignment of the divisions.  

Of course, I am partial to only one division with a round-robin scheduling for the elite programs (sorry, Iowa) but that is extremely unlikely (a major reason for expansion is a conference championship game).

Do you divide it up East v. West?  Do you put Michigan and Ohio State in the same or opposite divisions?

Here is a rough and unthoughtful guess:

Big Division Ten Division
NebraskaOhio State
Penn StateMichigan
IowaWisconsin
MinnesotaMichigan State
NorthwesternIllinois
IndianaPurdue

 

Thoughts, folks?

Succession Plan: Bo Pelini has long been rumored to be a serious contender for the head coaching vacancy that Jim Tressel will leave.

Does his (potential) inclusion in the league make this succession idea more or less plausible?  Does it have any effect at all?

For me it makes it less plausible, if only slightly.  I say that because it is rare to see head coaches move within a conference.

(Except in the SEC, where they have a very sustainable attitude towards coaches: recycle!)

Still, he is a former OSU captain who grew up in Youngstown .