New BIG Ten Division proposal more geographically based
According to ESPN.com's Big Ten Blog, the Legends and Leaders divisions in the Big Ten will receive a makeover when Maryland and Rutgers join the conference in 2014. At first glance, the new alignment is more based on geography than the current system. It's no coincidence the divisions, at this juncture, will be referred to as East and West.
Below is a sneak peak at what the new divisions will look like. According to the report, the only lingering debate is which division Indiana and Purdue end up in.
Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Indiana or Purdue
Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Indiana or Purdue
From a competitive standpoint, the east division appears to be far stronger on regards to football. Still, things operate in cycles, and there's no reason to think Iowa or Illinois won't have quality teams in years to come. In the near future, however, one could presume a two horse race between Nebraska and Wisconsin in the west, while the east is wide open.