Thursday, September 2, 2010

Big Tentacles: Divisions, Wisconsin, and more

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big 10 and the teams it not-so-secretly covets.)
Comparing the Big Ten's new divisions to the SEC's. The good news is that they compare favorably. The bad news is that they compare favorably. Expect Ohio St. to dominate in the "East" like Florida, with Penn St. and Wisconsin taking the Tennessee and Georgia roles respectively when it comes to winning the division. (why does Wisconsin always get compared to Georgia?) In the "West," Nebraska and Michigan might dominate like Alabama and LSU, with Iowa and Michigan St. playing Arkansas and Auburn. (Off Tackle Empire)


Lucky Bucky. Not only does Wisconsin wind up in the same division as Nebraska, the Badgers will be the Huskers' first in-conference opponent as a Big Ten member in 2011. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Barry Alvarez feels your pain, Badger fans. Like many Badger fans the Wisconsin AD is disappointed that the yearly rivalry with Iowa will not go forward with the divisional split.  On the plus side, the rivalry with Minnesota will continue. If you can call that a plus side. (Madison.com, Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Gratitutious Notre Dame item of the day. The Irish and wannabe independent BYU working on "a six-game deal through 2020, according to BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe. (Rakes of Mallow)

Blue Moon over Happy Valley? Robert Bolden will be the first freshman starting quarterback to start the season Penn State since 1992. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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