Ever since OU, Oklahoma State, Texas, and Texas Tech almost bolted for the Pac-12, I've wanted the B1G to stop having a number of teams that makes scheduling a pain in the ass and expand to 16. Instead of having divisions, this conference would be split into 4 pods of 4 teams. The particular teams don't really matter, but I usually go with Notre Dame and Pitt to prevent Iowa from being stuck in a pod with Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
This gives us these pods:
|Team 1:||Iowa||Michigan||Indiana||Penn State|
|Team 4:||Minnesota||Notre Dame||Illinois||Rutgers|
The problem I've always had, though, is that I wasn't sure the scheduling would work out as well as I thought it would.
Every team plays eleven conference games. Three games against their own pod, four games against another pod, and two games each against the remaining two pods.
Every team plays every conference opponent at least four times every six years, and each B1G player gets to play at every stadium at least once.
Your move, Jim.