The Big 10 announced its divisional spit this afternoon, and as expected, they put Michigan and Ohio State on opposite sides.
When Nebraska joins the league in 2011, the Big 10 + 2 will have a conference championship game, addressing the problem of having their champion finish their season in mid-November -- and then waiting for as long as six weeks before playing again.
One side will consist of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin while Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern will be in the other division. Each school will play the other five schools within its division and will also play three teams from the other division, including one cross-division matchup guaranteed on an annual basis. The first championship game will be played December 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
By putting Michigan and Ohio State into different divisions their centerpiece rivalry might be showcased twice in a season.
The Michigan-Ohio State game will continue to close out the regular season - so the two might meet again in the conference championship game the next week.
Newcomber Nebraska will play Penn State every year. Other yearly cross-division contests will include Illinois-Northwestern, Wisconsin-Minnesota and Iowa-Purdue.