In my opinion the conference should simply split east west. Lately people have been pushing that Nebraska should play Penn State every year and that the traditional east west wouldn't be fair because the east would be so much stronger. I strongly disagree with this view. As we have all probably read, in the past decade Wisconsin and Iowa have a better record than Michigan and Penn State. Further more, Penn State is the eastern most team in the league and we are the western most team. Also, in my opinion in the next few years both Penn State and Michigan will have new coaches. There is a real possibility that by the time we play Big 10 opponents Joe Paterno and Rich Rod will both be gone. How strong will those teams be then? Talk lately is that a rivalry cannot be forced, yet in the same breath someone will mention that we should be rivals with Penn State. I would much rather have Iowa and Wisconsin then rivals than Penn State. Although a great rival cannot be forced I do believe a rival can be. A rival in one sense is just a team we play every year. In the coming years, whether we play Penn State, Iowa, Wisconsin or whoever I expect us to have a major win advantage over them. After Penn State loses Joe Pa i see them only to be another Colorado (rotten fans and a sure win for Nebraska). With Wisconsin we have the Alvarez and jersey connection not to mention I believe it would be a game played with respect and Iowa we would be border states. Finally with Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State, if they keep it a 8 game conference schedule (like I would like to see), we would play at least one of them on a bad year, 2 every other year. And on a good (or on an expected year as I see it) we would then play one of those 3 teams (probably Ohio State) in the Big 10 Championship game.
So what is your opinion. What should the divisions be and why?