Dantonio sees two sides to Big Ten expansion

As two new teams join the Big Ten following this season, the Spartans head coach says an upside exists, but also a downside.

The Big Ten Conference will look a lot different after the 2013 season, when Maryland and Rutgers join and bring the league to 14 teams.

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has mixed feelings on the changes.

"I think league expansion is good for the Big Ten Conference," Dantonio said. "It brings a different geographical area into play and it increases the number of people who will watch Big Ten football by millions.

"I think that's exciting for us."

The downside, he added, is the imbalance of schedules.

"I don't like the fact that one team plays four games at home and one team plays five games at home and vice versa," Dantonio said, " but I try not to worry about the things I can't control."

Senior offensive lineman Blake Treadwell agreed that it is great for the conference, even though he won't see the impact.

"I think it's a great thing for the Big Ten," Treadwell said. "(It's) changing some things up. It really just helps the Big Ten and everyone is happy to welcome new members."

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