College Football 2011: Ranking the Top 10 Big Ten Conference Matchups for 2011

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College Football 2011: Ranking the Top 10 Big Ten Conference Matchups for 2011
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In 2011, the Big Ten Conference will embark on its first year of expansion with Nebraska added to the mix.  The addition of Nebraska brings the number of teams competing in the conference to 12, garnering a championship game.

The new 12-team conference will also be split into two divisions, the Leaders and Legends, where division-winners compete in the Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.  

The Leaders Division consists of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.  The Legends Division consists of Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota.

In 2010, the race for the Big Ten title finished in a three-way tie with Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin.  In 2011, a championship game will be played to justify the sole winner of the Big Ten Championship, something missing from years prior.  

Thank you, Nebraska, and welcome to the Big Ten.

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