Since the B1G expanded to 12 — and eventually 14 — teams starting in 2011, the conference has utilized a division format, First it was the Leaders and Legends. Now, it’s the East and West.
The winners of the two divisions have always met in Indianapolis for the B1G Championship Game. A change to that format could be coming, though.
While speaking at the Sports Business Journal Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, B1G commissioner Jim Delany was asked whether the conference was looking at pitting the league’s top two teams against each at the end of the season. He provided a surprising answer.
“It’s an item that has been discussed before,” Delany said, according to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy. “There is actually more discussion now than there was four years ago.”
If the B1G would’ve implemented that format this season, we would’ve seen a rematch between Ohio State and Michigan at Lucas Oil Stadium. In case you forgot, the Buckeyes thumped the Wolverines 62-39.
This year’s B1G title game pitted Ohio State (8-1 B1G) against Northwestern (8-1 B1G). While the Wildcats weren’t the most attractive to have in the title game, they were the third-best team in the league. The lone loss was a three-point defeat to Michigan.
Delany didn’t say a change was coming, but it sounds like there is a realistic possibility that we’ll see the top two teams competing for a B1G title sometime in the future.
Whether or not that would be the right decision is up for debate.