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April 19, 2013

Report: Big Ten to realign divisions

With the addition of Rutgers and Maryland on the horizon the Big Ten is set to change up is divisions.

According to a report by ESPN's Adam Rittenberg, the conference will split its two divisions based on geography, splitting up into East and West divisions and dropping the current "Legends Division" and "Leaders Division" makeup.

The Big Ten first split into divisions before the 2011 season, when Nebraska joined the fold, giving the conference an even 12 teams.

At the time, the conference believed it was in its best interest to split Michigan and Ohio State, putting the historical rivals in opposite divisions.

In the new makeup, the Wolverines and Buckeyes will directly fight for division titles in the East. The new lineup means that 2013 will ostensibly be the last opportunity for the rivals to meet in the Big Ten Championship Game.

Here is a breakdown of the new divisions:

Big Ten Divisions
Michigan State
Ohio State
Penn State

The six teams in the proposed East Division, including newcomers Maryland and Rutgers, combined for a 52-35 record last season, including Ohio State's 12-0 regular-season finish. The six West Division teams went a combined 46-45.

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