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Big 10 Expansion?

Some recent new articles/rumor mills mentioned a possible Big 10 expansion. Here's a crazy thought. This is coming from a life long Husker fan.

 

The Big 10/11 should 3 and have 14?

Add Nebraska and Missouri and ???.

You would have rabid, devoted, traveliing NU fans [remember the Sea of Red at Notre Dame a few years back] and it would add Kansas City and cement rest/most of Mo as a market. Put them in a west division with Iowa, Minn. Wisc., Illinois and NW. There is already a bit of rivalry/hatred between Iowa and both NU and Missouri. Iowa could still play Minn and Wisc. Enhance/keep the growing the rivalry between NU and Missouri. Reignite NU rivalry with Minn. Keep the growing rivalry between Illinois and Missouri. Really wouldn’t add that much more in travel costs/geographic footprint, but gain a lot. Obviously market wise, Nebraska would be by far the smallest, but you cannot take simply state population numbers at face value with their program. NU also competes at a high level in most sports. NU has also begin to build a good sized research park on campus (not sure about MU – Husker fan myself) .

In the East, you would allow the 2 Michigan and Indiana schools to remain instate rivals, keep Mich-OSU, etc..

To add one school to the east division, you would have many options. Pitt, Lousiville, Syracuse, ND (probably most logical – imagine the money rolling in w/ Nebraska, ND, Mich, OSU, et al ), Cincinnati, Marshall, etc.

On one level, adding Notre Dame makes sense. They obviously has prestige, history (though not so good recently), name recognition, etc. They also already typically play 3-4 Big 10 teams as it is. Travel costs for them might be lower as they are in the BIg East for other sports. And it would also add a huge nationwide fan base.

Schedule wise, it would allow for 6 in division games, 3 home, 3 away. I would say play 4 from the other divison. It would allow for an even 2 home, 2 away. Obviously with only 2 extra games (in a 12 game schedule), there may be one less home game, as many times bigger schools have 3 home games out of the 4 non conference games. But it would also help eliminate some of the FCS and other canon fodder opponents, making each conference game a bigger deal, more hype, tv revenue, etc.

 

Just some crazy thoughts.




Some recent new articles/rumor mills mentioned a possible Big 10 expansion. Here's a crazy thought. This is coming from a life long Husker fan.

 

The Big 10/11 should 3 and have 14?

Add Nebraska and Missouri and ???.

You would have rabid, devoted, traveliing NU fans [remember the Sea of Red at Notre Dame a few years back] and it would add Kansas City and cement rest/most of Mo as a market. Put them in a west division with Iowa, Minn. Wisc., Illinois and NW. There is already a bit of rivalry/hatred between Iowa and both NU and Missouri. Iowa could still play Minn and Wisc. Enhance/keep the growing the rivalry between NU and Missouri. Reignite NU rivalry with Minn. Keep the growing rivalry between Illinois and Missouri. Really wouldn’t add that much more in travel costs/geographic footprint, but gain a lot. Obviously market wise, Nebraska would be by far the smallest, but you cannot take simply state population numbers at face value with their program. NU also competes at a high level in most sports. NU has also begin to build a good sized research park on campus (not sure about MU – Husker fan myself) .

In the East, you would allow the 2 Michigan and Indiana schools to remain instate rivals, keep Mich-OSU, etc..

To add one school to the east division, you would have many options. Pitt, Lousiville, Syracuse, ND (probably most logical – imagine the money rolling in w/ Nebraska, ND, Mich, OSU, et al ), Cincinnati, Marshall, etc.

On one level, adding Notre Dame makes sense. They obviously has prestige, history (though not so good recently), name recognition, etc. They also already typically play 3-4 Big 10 teams as it is. Travel costs for them might be lower as they are in the BIg East for other sports. And it would also add a huge nationwide fan base.

Schedule wise, it would allow for 6 in division games, 3 home, 3 away. I would say play 4 from the other divison. It would allow for an even 2 home, 2 away. Obviously with only 2 extra games (in a 12 game schedule), there may be one less home game, as many times bigger schools have 3 home games out of the 4 non conference games. But it would also help eliminate some of the FCS and other canon fodder opponents, making each conference game a bigger deal, more hype, tv revenue, etc.

 

Just some crazy thoughts.

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