There's been misinformation and speculation … and plenty of backlash … but the Big Ten divisional split has finally been set. WXYT (1270 AM, Detroit) radio's Doug Karsch has confirmed a report that Michigan and Ohio State will be in separate divisions but still meet in the regular season finale.
The two teams could then feasibly meet again in the Big Ten championship game days later should they each win their respective divisions.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany seemed to be preparing the masses for a shift in The Game from late November to earlier in the month or potentially even October. Sources told Karsch the conference has since changed its position.
Divisional splits, which will be announced tonight at 7:00 (and go into effect next year) in a 90-minute special on the Big Ten Network (featuring Delany, Michigan A.D. David Brandon and others), should be Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Nebraska and Michigan State in one half with Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois in the other.
Watch TheWolverine.com for more on this development in the hours to come …