Taking a Peek at the New Look Big Ten Conference

As we embark on the 2014 season, there is change on the horizon. The type of change that brings in two new teams to the Big Ten conference and the type of change that FINALLY sees the end of the moronic Leaders and Legends division.

Or as I like to call them, the “Lose to Urban Meyer Every Year” (that would be the Leaders division) and the “Lose to Urban Meyer, Just Not as Much” (you guessed it, the Legends division).

Finally those two names are gone. Now the Big Ten has changed to more geographical names, East and West. Why they didn’t do this in the first place is beyond me. To me that would have been the logical thing to do when they added Nebraska. Leaders and Legends? It’s always seemed cheesy and something you would find in a knock-off version of an NCAA Football video game.

Hey kids! Be the first to get your hands on College Football Millennium, the latest and greatest video game! Featuring the Huge 10 conference, with the all-new Leaders and Legends division!” Oh man, that would fly right off the shelves!

But joining the 12 other teams in the Big Ten will be the Maryland Terrapins from the ACC and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from the American Athletic Conference. So now we have ourselves the Big Fourteen instead of the Big Ten, although the name I’m guessing will remain the same.

Not exactly top-tier programs, but it will be fun to see how the Badgers and the rest of the conference does against these newbies. And how the newbies do in the mighty Big Ten.

So lets wrap this whole thing up and put a pretty bow on it, shall we? We shall.


Big Ten East Division:

Indiana Hoosiers

Maryland Terrapins

Michigan Wolverines

Michigan State Spartans

Ohio State Buckeyes

Penn State Nittany Lions

Rutgers Scarlet Knights


Big Ten West Division:

Illinois Fighting Illini

Iowa Hawkeyes

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Northwestern Wildcats

Purdue Boilermakers

Wisconsin Badgers

When I look at this, the first thing that jumps out at me is how loaded the East is. I’m not taking anything against the teams from the West, but the East has a very difficult road to get to the Big Ten championship.

Good news for the Wisconsin Badgers.

The season is a long ways away–over four months to be exact–but I can’t wait to see what is in store for the Badgers and the Big Ten conference.

Roll out the barrel, here’s to what should be another exciting season of Wisconsin Badgers football.


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