PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Two people familiar with the Big Ten’s decision say the league has decided to put Ohio State and Michigan into separate divisions starting next season.
One person also says Michigan and Ohio State will continue to play each other each year in the regular-season finale, as they have since 1943.
According to the two people, one six-team division will include Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Northwestern, while the other will have Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Purdue and Indiana.
They spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the Big Ten had not announced its decision.
The breakdown was first reported by ESPN.com
AP Sports Writers Larry Lage in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Eric Olson in Omaha, Neb., contributed to this report.
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