Saturday, June 12, 2010

Welcome to the Big 10!

As a Wisconsin Alumni, I would like to welcome the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the Big Ten Conference.

I think the decision was a great one for both parties.

Instead of traveling to small towns like Stillwater, Oklahoma and Lawrence, Kansas -- the Nebraska Cornhusker supporters will now visit major cities for their football.

Minneapolis, Minnesota. Madison, Wisconsin. Columbus, Ohio. Chicago, Illinois.

Nebraska supporters travel well, and this will give them exposure to a whole new circuit of college football stadiums across the Midwest. I can only imagine the excitement the first time that Nebraska comes to Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. Or the first trip to "The Big House" in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I think Nebraskas first trip to "The Horseshoe" in Columbus, Ohio will be a very tough ticket to obtain.

And that is not even to mention all these majors schools traveling to Lincoln, Nebraska to visit Memorial Stadium. Great experiences for everyone.

The Big Ten conference is having its decision schedule accelerated because of the Pac 10 Conference threatening to swallow up half of the Big 12 and become the first 16 team "Super Conference" that many in the media have been discussing.

The Big Ten will probably invite several other schools in the next few months.

The Big Ten has always wanted Notre Dame because their national following in football makes them a cable television draw for the Big Ten Network. The massive income from the Big Ten Network is what accelerated all these moves in the college football world.

Colorado left the Big 12 for the Pac 10... a much better Conference.

My preference would be to see the Big 10 invite Missouri, Kansas, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and and my own unusual choice... Boston College.

Most media is obsessed with talking about Rutgers, but there is nothing I like about Rutgers.
New York market? Eh. Rutgers is in New Jersey and there are more Notre Dame fans in New York than there are Rutgers fans.

West Virginia is another choice, but I don't think their academics are up to the Big Tens standards.

I could see the Big Ten at 18 or 20 teams, with two divisions and a Championship game.
However, the Big Ten tends to move slowly and methodically.

They might only add one or two teams by next year.