It turns out that the only one hoping for an expansion in the Big Ten was Joe Paterno and myself. Â Paterno was quoted as saying by the Columbus Dispatch.Â “We go into hiding for six weeks, Everybody else is playing playoffs on television. You never see a Big Ten team mentioned. So I think that’s a handicap.”Delany shot down the idea, saying there is no plans to expand (ESPN). Â
But really if you look at just the idea, expanding makes perfect sense. Â Look at the the facts:
-There are 11 teams in the Big Ten, add 1 and we get 12. Â We would be able to compete on the levels of the SEC and the Big 12. Â We would be able to have a championship game and have a definitive answer to who the Big Ten Champion is. Â Ties just piss me off, and everyone wants to crown one champion not a co-Champion. Â How often are there two winners of the NFC Championships in the NFL? Never. Â
-Adding another team will make us one step closer to a playoff. It is kind of a mini playoff of its own. Â There should still be a playoff or a plus one, but thats a whole Â otherÂ discussionÂ on a future post. Â
-It would structure the season better. You will make you have a better chance of competing for a better bowl if you win the championship. Â
-Add one championship game, subtract one crappy non conference game. Â No one likes early season blowouts.
Here is a list of some teams that make sense to join the Big Ten
Â Anyway, shouldn’t Paterno be like the Godfather of the Big 10, we should listen to him and just carryout whatever he says. Â He may be old, but he does know what is best for the league, just carry out his wishes.