The Associated Press is reporting that the Big Ten will announce the divisional alignment for the 2011 season and beyond tonight, and Jeff Rabjohns of the Indianapolis Star says the announcement will air at 7 pm on the Big Ten Network, and the schedules for the 2011 and 2012 seasons will also be revealed. Rumors are flying around about how the divisions will shake out, and they all say the same thing:
Division 1: Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Iowa, Northwestern and Minnesota
Division 2: Ohio State, Penn State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Purdue.
As you can see, Michigan and Ohio State will be in opposite divisions, as expected, but there are conflicting rumors as to whether The Game will take place in its traditional place at the end of the schedule or earlier in the season. Franky, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Big Ten to put Michigan and OSU in opposite divisions and keep The Game where it is, as that really opens up the possibility of having a meaningless regular-season matchup before the conference title game, but we’ll have to wait and see. I’ll have much more on this when the official word comes down tonight.