Thursday, September 02, 2010
November 26, 2011, the opening shot in the next great rivalry in college football. This one is going to be awesome.
My only objection to the new division of the Big "Ten" is that Iowa will no longer have its annual opportunity to piss off Penn State fans.
Agree that this will be great. As a Dubuquer, it hurts to lose the Wisconsin rivalry though. I wish Barry and Barta could each find a way to kick 1 powder puff off their schedules for 2011 and 2012. Schedule a 'non-conference' home and home for the Heartland trophy.
As much as it is distressing to see multi-decade rivalries go by the boards, things always change over the years. When my Mom was a Hawkeye - she had a class with Hawkeye uber-icon Nile Kinnick in the 1939 glory days of Eddie Anderson's Iron Men - the doormat of the Big Ten was . . . the University of Chicago Maroons.
I suspect that Nebraskans will be most intense about Michigan and the crossover games Penn State and Ohio State. Proximity has never been the basis of great rivalries for Nebraskans (myself included). Even in the days when Colorado or Kansas State were quite good, these matches never held a candle to the Oklahoma or Texas games.