The Big Ten Football Conference is dramatically changing its landscape for the 2011 season.
The addition of the Nebraska Cornhuskers brings about a division of teams into two leagues and a conference championship game for the first time in the history of the Big Ten Conference.
Legends: Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern
Leaders: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.
Each Big Ten team plays eight conference contests including each team in their respective division plus three conference games outside of their division, crossover contests.
Totally each team in the Big Ten plays twelve games starting on September 3, 2011.
The season concludes with the Big Ten Championship game played on December 3, 2011 in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.
While most pundits haggle over the names selected, the division of the teams seems equitable to most.
As the 2011 season looms on the horizon here is a first glimpse of the season ahead in the newly aligned Big Ten Conference.