Big Ten East: Michigan, MSU, Indiana, Purdoo, OSU, Cincy, PSU, Pitt, Syracuse, Rutgers (maybe poach BC from the ACC and save them travel miles instead?)Each team plays nine league games and three outside of the league.
Big Ten West: NU, Ill-noise, Wisky, Minny, Iowa, Iowa St., Nebraska, Mizzou, Kansas, K-State
You'd have a title game that's guaranteed not to be a rematch, you'd preserve most of the rivalries (sorry brown jug), you'd actually cut on travel costs (no PSU-Minny trips) and the TV markets of the northeast and midwest would be locked up for the Big Ten. Plus you'd all but guarantee two B(C)S bids annually and get some good football schools, basketball powers and academic institutions.
The Big XII north teams would bolt because they already see the Big XII as Texas-centric and the Big East teams might welcome the step up in prestige (maybe not for hoops, but for all else).
Yeah, it's a pipe dream ... but if we're going to expand, 12 is a bad number because it just mucks everything up - too big for round robin, too small for even scheduling and it's been done. Think BIG, Delaney!
Plus we'd be numerically correct again. (and could add Lacrosse!)
PS - It's final exam week ... it drives us all a little crazy!:)
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