As summer finally shines upon the Midwest, I can’t help but look forward to fall and college football.  Only a few weeks ago we saw 30 players selected in the NFL Draft. While we may have loved watching them in the past, we have to forget about them and set our sights on the upcoming season. 2014 is going to bring about a few big changes in the Big10.

  1. Maryland and Rutgers are now members of the Big10. Out of the ACC and Big East, Maryland and Rutgers will round the Big10 out to 14 teams. Which created need to…
  2. Redistributed division in the Big10. Forget about the failure of the names “Leaders” and “legends,” the Big10 have finally adopted traditional divisions based on geographic location, West vs East. We’ll have all the teams located in the Central Time Zone, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Wisconsin, along with Purdue playing in the West Division. In the East Division, we have Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, and Rutgers. Along with the new divisions, the Big10 has…
  3. Created a new nine-game conference schedule. Each year, each team will play the six other teams in their division plus three teams in the other division. All cross-division matches will rotate on a regular basis, except Indiana and Purdue, which is considered a protected match up and will occur every year. One more change the Big10 made was to the post season which is…
  4. The Big10 made a deal with the ACC to rotate teams at the Music City and Gator Bowls. Over the next 6 years, the Big10 will switch things up and send teams to the Music City Bowl instead of the Gator Bowl while the ACC does that same. Speaking of bowls…
  5. Big10 will also send a team to a brand new Bowl game in Detroit. This newly created bowl is set to be played on December 30th, and will be a matchup between the 8th(ish) qualifying Big10 team vs an ACC team.