No surprise, as Ohio is a hotbed of football talent. With Tressel, its a matter of keeping that talent in-state.That goes a long way, as does the fact that most of OSU's players grow up wearing OSU gear from the crib onward
The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.
It appears they are going to a 9 game schedule and Iowa and Wisconsin will be in different divisions,
If Michigan and OSU are split up I foresee it working out just as well as the ACC's foolish idea of splitting Miami South and fsu up in an attempt to have them meet every year in their title game.
A good comparison is the Texas-Oklahoma game, they're in the same division, which means that only one will get to play for the Big 12 championship, and it's usually decided by the middle of October who that south champion will be.
The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry would be even better because it would be the last game of the "regular" season. Even in years where one is down, the chance to play spoiler would be huge.
In my opinion I could live with these divisions;
While it's true the Big 3 are bigger names in the East than in the West, the only time East vs. West really matters is in the Championship game, and Nebraska(most likely) or Iowa or Wisconsin would be no pushover.
When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
If OSU and Mich meet a second time in championship game I only see problems coming out of that. What if the losing team (in their first meeting) wins the championship game? How will that play?
If you put them in the same division and play their last game in late Nov it makes that one game huge. What can be better than that?
If - like a few years ago - both are top rated teams, the loser gets screwed. Maybe a last second FG turns the tide or someone sprained an ankle. The losing team can say that if that player was healthy they would have won.If you put them in the same division and play their last game in late Nov it makes that one game huge. What can be better than that?
We have to remember that there is no law that says UM and OSU are always going to be the best two teams in the Big T(welv)en. It doesn't diminish the rivalry any when either or both teams have fallen on tough times. You think Florida kids (and fans) don't have the same intensity for the Georgia game if Georgia isn't a top 25 team? The OSU-UM rivalry will survive whether they are in different divisions or not.