The Big Ten officially announced its new divisional setup beginning in 2014, finally putting Ohio State and Michigan in the same division after being separated in the current format.
The Buckeyes are in the new Big Ten East division along with Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers and Indiana. In addition, reports from CBS Sports say the Big Ten will adopt a nine-game conference schedule, which could start in 2016.
On paper, Ohio State is in the tougher of the two divisions with Michigan on the rise, Michigan State having improved in recent years and Maryland and Rutgers likely on the rise when they can take full advantage of the extra resources the Big Ten can provide.
The tilt in divisional firepower is even more apparent with Wisconsin, Northwestern and Nebraska being the only consistently strong teams in the West Division.
It’s not an SEC-level division quite yet, but it’s certainly a tough gauntlet for anyone.
It means that at least once every year, Ohio State…
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