Earlier this month during their annual meetings in Chicago the Big Ten Directors of Athletic Released the 2014 football schedule. The 2014 schedule represents the inaugural Big Ten Season for Rutgers University and The University of Maryland. The 2013 schedule also features a realignment and a change in division names.
Rather than leaders and legends, the Big 10 will now be divided into the East and West Divisions. Each Division will have seven teams and each team will have two bye-weeks.
East Division Teams
- Michigan State
- Penn State
- Ohio State
West Division Teams
The Divisions, arranged by geography are obviously unbalanced with the Big Ten Conference’s best teams staked up in the East Division. This most certainly will raise the stakes on the already intense Michigan vs Ohio State and Michigan vs Michigan State rivalry games.
Another part of the schedule should have Michigan Wolverines fans fuming and Michigan State Spartan fans giggling. Michigan will have to travel to Michigan State for a second consecutive year in 2014. The are already slated to settle the annual interstate rivalry in East Lansing this year.
The Big Ten Championship Game will beheld in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in 2014 but there seems to be support building for a change in venue. Big Ten Athletic Directors seem to be in agreement that Ford Field would be a great place to settle the Big Ten’s Championship. That of course would be great for Michigan and Michigan State as Ford Field would make an awfully friendly venue for those teams if they are able to qualify for the game.
Do you think the Big Ten should move the Championship Game to Ford Field? How do you like the new division alignment? Let us know what you think by commenting below.