Here is an article that provides just a little more solidification that there will be a Big Ten CG in 2011.
Jim Delany says he and the AD's around the Big Ten wants to play a 9 game conference schedule, not in 2011 but asap. This should make it possible to conserve the established rivalries while splitting divisions up with balanced power.
Balanced power - I find it interesting that everyone looks at the past 10,20,30 years as a meter to balance the power, yes I admit that especially in the Big Ten, with and without Nebraska, have a good collection of perennial powers and that those will more than likely never go away, maybe a down year or two or a short era (I am eluting to the BC era) but they will eventually bounce back. What about the schools that are not traditional powers? What if Illinois, Northwestern, and Indiana become the next Boise St. or TCU? Do we keep divisions open for realignment in the event there is a powershift that sees one division incredibly stronger than the other ie Big XII to keep the conference balanced? Well for now we should all have come to the realization the division split will be the clear East/West split it is nearly perfect anyway as we speak.
Conference Championship Game - "Real Men Playing Real Football" Jim Delany says he wants to sell the naming rights to the game.......The Papa John's Big Ten Conference Championship or maybe it'll be the Ford who knows we will find out soon enough. In the mean time what is your best name?
Alright the anticipation is building and I can't wait then again I can't wait for this season to start or for 10/16/2010! Let me know what you think!
Sgt Saitta, Steven