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Big Ten Football Basement Dwellers: Is Minnesota or Indiana the Worst?
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One aspect of conference expansion that has been widely criticized is the fact that adding teams and splitting conferences into divisions waters down schedules.  This year Penn State isn't playing either team from Michigan, Iowa doesn't play Wisconsin or Ohio State and Michigan misses Wisconsin.  

All of these matchups are between teams that are either fighting for a berth in the conference championship game, or until recently were prominently involved in the race.

To miss marquee matchups between some of the leagues powers for years at a time is unacceptable, but that ignores something equally unacceptable that doesn't get talked about: how are we supposed to figure out who the worst team in the conference is if the bottom dwellers don't play each other?

Sure, you might tell me that watching Penn State play Michigan State or Michigan play Wisconsin means more to you than watching the slap fight that would inevitably be an Indiana vs. Minnesota matchup, but there is one thing that we cannot do without this abomination of a football game: definitively state which team is the Big Ten's worst.

The only way to solve this dilemma?  A gauntlet of incompetence, a decathlon of suck, a point-by-point determination of just how awful each of these teams is with numbers and wildly subjective judgments.

In ten categories we will award an L for the loser and at the end, the team with the most L's will be crowned the worst Big Ten team of the year.

With that, I wish both contestants the worst of luck. May God have mercy on these two fan bases.

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