Standing tall with 12 teams, the Big Ten has some extra pep in it's step this summer.
Slumping down in the seat across is the now 10-team Big 12.
Sound confusing? Well, it is.
But here's a solution.
Instead of ignoring each other or showing animosity for other conferences poaching teams, the Big 12 and Big Ten should create a football challenge.
The foundation is already set with a conference pride rivalry and the addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten.
Each season, the conferences play 10 games against each other, with five home and five away games. The two could even split the games amongst their own television networks to reap even more benefits.
Because let's face it, in the end it's all about the money.
And if they really want to get crazy, how about playing for naming rights to the conference?
So what would a Big Ten/Big 12 football challenge look like?
Well first, because there are 12 Big Ten teams now, the two last place finishers will not get to compete the following year in the challenge. Simple enough. For these games, I used my last place projected Big Ten teams for 2010 to not be involved: Indiana and Illinois.
Now, onto the festivities...
Here are the 10 proposed games to kick off the 2011 Big 10/Big 12 challenge.