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Big Ten going into geographic lines for conference realignment

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As expected, the Big Ten officially announced a thorough overhaul of the league's divisions on Sunday, splitting the conference along geographic lines into brand-new East and West divisions in the wake of its 2012 expansion with Maryland and Rutgers. In another expected move, the league also announced it would be moving to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016. The East will be made up of traditional Big Ten powers Ohio State and Michigan -- now in the same division after a separation in the Legends/Leaders format -- along with the Scarlet Knights and Terrapins, Penn State, Michigan State and Indiana. Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue make up the Big Ten West.

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