Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
Yeah, its been the last game of the season since 1935 (except for one year). I just don't think you mess with something like that.
Some things are tradition and a recognizable signature for a league and OSU-UM the last game of the season is one of those capstone events. You blow that up and you might as well get rid of the Buckeye logo or change the Michigan helmet or something goofy like that. It is possible for marketing genuises to ruin things. Look at the CART-IRL split or New Coke.
I'd rather not mess with it either. I'm quite positive the Big10 didn't want to mess with their signature event either. Too late. The landscape has dictated they change or risk losing relevancy on the national stage.
The Big10 will have a conf championship game, and divisions. The tOSU/Mich game will no longer be the last on the Big10 schedule, the conf game will. The tOSU/Mich game being the last in the regular season will no longer carry the oomph it did before. So they have already messed with it.
Nostalgia and tradition have already lost. The only questions left is what now?