Originally Posted by Chip R
That's not necessarily the point. The point is that a rivalry can endure despite one team or another not being strong for a while. But I'll give you another example: Florida State and Miami. Different divisions in the same conference but the rivalry is always intense.
That's why I was puzzled you used that as your example. There's no one doubting that the rivalry can endure a team not being strong for awhile. That's been the case since RR got to Mi. The issue is whether to put them in the same division or not.
The Miami FSU example is a poor one because neither team has done well since the ACC has gone to a Championship game. FSU has played in the game once while Miami never has.
In the Big Ten we're projecting that OSU and MI will compete for the championship game often. If we're thinking that they won't then I agree, it doesn't really matter which division you put them in. I'm trying to avoid a scenario where they'll play twice in a year. That would diminish the game.