As we all know, going to 12 teams seems to be all the rage this year in college football conferences. When we did it, we decided to call ourselves the Pac-12, and split our divisions into the North and South. The SEC has two divisions the East and West. These names, both for the conference and for each division, seem logical. Maybe too logical. The Big 10 has other ideas. See these after the jump.
The new Big 10, which has 12 teams but refuses to change its name to reflect that (perhaps out of deference to the current Big 12, which has only 11 teams), shuns (you might say denies) such logic. Geographic designations are for wimps, they say. Their two new divisions are called the "Leaders" and the "Legends."
Which schools are leaders, you ask? The "Leaders" are Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State (the), Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. The "Legends" are Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern.
I don't mean to dump on the Big 10 unnecessarily, but these divisional names strike me as pretty weak. Granted, there isn't much creativity in "North" and "South," or "East" and "West," but Legends and Leaders? That's not to say that Big 10 doesn't have good schools, but these names? I don't know.