Winning a bowl game like the Texas Bowl may not be that big of a deal to many who follow college football, but for the University of Illinois fans and Ron Zook, they will gladly take it.
On Feb. 8, 1896 – one month after X-Rays were discovered and nine months before William McKinley was elected as the United States’ 25th president – a the Midwest’s premier universities held a powwow in Chicago and established the Big Ten.
OK, it’s taken a couple of days, but I’m finally on board with this whole new Big Ten thing. The conference is bigger, it’s badder (and that’s just what they’re saying about our divisions!) and, thanks to all those new multi-name football awards, it’s also more hyphenated than ever before.
When the Big Ten announced they were adding Nebraska, the response was almost all positive. And when the Big Ten announced the names for the new divisions, the response was almost all negative.
OK. Now it’s my turn! There sure has been a lot of talk around Big Ten country in the past 24 hours about the new conference logo and football divisional names.
This past summer, when the Big Ten announced that the University of Nebraska was signing on as the league’s 12th team, the Conference That Can’t Count hit a stand-up triple.
Of course the names “Legends” and “Leaders” have been poorly received by fans and critics. The two new Big Ten division names are uninspiring and uncreative, at best.
The Big Ten released it’s new logo and the names for it’s two divisions, today. The addition of Nebraska, next year, will allow for the conference to have two divisions and a championship game.