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Jim Delany Says Big Ten Could Change Conference Championship Game

The two best teams, period?

December 05, 2018 - 4:15 pm

The two best teams in the Big Ten this season, by popular consensus and national rankings, were Ohio State and Michigan. But the Big Ten championship game pitted Ohio State versus Northwestern. 

The Wildcats had every right to be there by virtue of compiling an 8-1 conference record and winning the Big Ten West. But they were 8-4 overall and lost to Michigan in September. 

The Big Ten could soon decide to adopt a more traditional format for its championship game: the two best teams in the conference, period. 

This is what the Big 12 does, though it only consists of 10 teams, compared to 14 in the Big Ten. The conference championship is determined by the two teams with the best conference records.

The Big 12 hasn't been split into divisions since the 2010 season. The Big Ten adopted divisions in 2011 when it went from 11 teams to 12, the same year it introduced the conference championship game. Michigan has yet to make it. 

Michigan State has made it three times, winning it in 2013 and 2015.