Found November 28, 2011 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
MADISON, Wis. -- Whether directly stated or not, the new cross-divisional format implemented by Big Ten officials for this football season and beyond was carried out with a systematic purpose in mind. Some point out that maintaining competitive balance was the most significant factor. Others argue that keeping the biggest rivalries intact was most important. People in both camps, of course, wouldn't be wrong. But those weren't the only reasons for the way in which the conference was realigned. Also at play was the opportunity to showcase traditional powers against each other every year on the biggest stage available -- the Big Ten championship game in early December. Michigan could play Ohio State twice in one season with the expanded 12-team league. Or Penn State and Nebraska could develop an annual rivalry in the conference title game. Among the teams not part of that discussion was Wisconsin. "When the whole conference realignment came in, I knew they wanted to ...
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