It was long suspected that when Maryland and Rutgers joined the Big Ten, the conference would rename and realign the “Leaders” and Legends” divisions it created when Nebraska joined the league in 2011.
According to a report from ESPN, that suspicion will become a reality in 2014.
Sources have told ESPN that the Big Ten will split into two divisions—based mainly on geography—when Maryland and Rutgers join the league next year.
The Big Ten East Division will include Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.
The Big Ten West Division will include Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.
For Ohio State and Michigan fans, the biggest takeaway here is that their teams will be slotted in the same division moving forward, unlike the current alignment. The Buckeyes and the Wolverines were placed in separate divisions when Nebraska joined the league because a possible Ohio State-Michigan conference…
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