The Big Ten Reportedly Makes Decision On Changing The Divisions

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The Big Ten reportedly plans to keep its current divisions for at least another season.

UCLA and USC are slated to join the conference in 2024, and that’s led to some speculation that the conference might drop the divisions completely. The biggest advantage to doing so is that it would allow for the two best teams to make the conference title game.

However, no changes will be until after the 2023 season, according to The Athletic. That means the East and West divisions will hold until at least 2024.

USC and UCLA will join the Big Ten starting in 2024. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

What will the new format look like for the Big Ten?

It’s not entirely clear if the Big Ten will keep divisions at all in 2024 and just swap some teams around, or if the conference will just throw everyone in the same bucket.

An educated guess makes me believe it’s going to be the latter. The B1G and all other conferences want their best teams in the title game. That’s much easier to do without divisions at all.

For example, the ACC has already made the decision to dump the divisions and just throw all the teams into one group.

Will the Big Ten eliminate its divisions starting in 2024? (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

The ACC definitely won’t be the last conference to make that decision. There’s a very real possibility the Big Ten will do the same once UCLA and USC officially join in 2024.

The last thing the B1G wants is 8-4 Northwestern playing a dominant OSU team again like fans saw in 2018. That’s not going to happen once divisions are eliminated, which is the main motivating factor.

The Big Ten is keeping its divisions through the 2023 season. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

So, enjoy the East and West divisions while you can because once 2024 gets here, it’s almost certainly going to be the end of the road.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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