With the Big Ten expanding from 12 to 14 teams in 2014 — and maybe to 16 — discussion is rampant about realigning the Legends and Leaders Divisions.
Nebraska and Wisconsin are in separate divisions. But should the two Big Reds be joined so they play every year?
“I get it. It makes a lot of sense,” UW coach Bret Bielema said Friday. “But I’ll defer that one. I don’t want to get suspended before the game. I’ll leave that up to the league office.”
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini isn’t volunteering to have Wisconsin come over unless there are other changes, too.
“I kind of like them over on the other side,” he said, laughing. “I like the way they have broken up the divisions. It seems pretty fair now.
“Now, if they take one of those other teams (Maryland and Rutgers) and put one of them in each division, that would seem to make sense.
“But to put Wisconsin over on our side . . . it’s already a war week to week.”
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany has said the league’s athletic directors won’t discuss realignment for three to five months. That has boosted speculation that two more teams could join before reworking the divisions.