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View Poll Results: What will happen to the UM-MSU rivalry compared to UM-OSU?
No change; UM-OSU will continue to be way bigger 5 62.50%
UM-MSU will close the gap with UM-OSU 0 0%
the UM-MSU and UM-OSU will be on equal footing 1 12.50%
UM-MSU will become the bigger of the 2 rivlaries 2 25.00%
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:03 AM
 
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How do you think the Big Ten divisional set up will affect the relationship between U-M's rivalry with MSU and its rivalry with OSU?

In the new set up, U-M and MSU are in the same division (Legends) while Ohio State will be in the other (Leaders). So now when Michigan and Ohio State meet, still at season's end, they will be in different brackets of standings and run the risk of meeting again in the B10 championship game. To further change the dynamics, Ohio State's second biggest rival, Penn State, IS in the same division; thus both UM-MSU and OSU-PSU are intradivisional games which are the type that usually get an edge over interdivisional games like UM-OSU.

Do you folks in Michigan think this change in set up will affect the way the two rivalries match up for Michigan? Will the idea of a resurgent MSU within the division and OSU outside of it at a time when UM is finding it hard to stay up with Ohio State (with, of course, the whole Tressel issue still to be played out) make MSU more on par with OSU as a UM rival? Or do you think the UM-OSU will still remain supreme?
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:28 AM
 
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How do you think the Big Ten divisional set up will affect the relationship between U-M's rivalry with MSU and its rivalry with OSU?

In the new set up, U-M and MSU are in the same division (Legends) while Ohio State will be in the other (Leaders). So now when Michigan and Ohio State meet, still at season's end, they will be in different brackets of standings and run the risk of meeting again in the B10 championship game. To further change the dynamics, Ohio State's second biggest rival, Penn State, IS in the same division; thus both UM-MSU and OSU-PSU are intradivisional games which are the type that usually get an edge over interdivisional games like UM-OSU.

Do you folks in Michigan think this change in set up will affect the way the two rivalries match up for Michigan? Will the idea of a resurgent MSU within the division and OSU outside of it at a time when UM is finding it hard to stay up with Ohio State (with, of course, the whole Tressel issue still to be played out) make MSU more on par with OSU as a UM rival? Or do you think the UM-OSU will still remain supreme?
It probably won't make much of a difference. If two teams are truly intense rivals, they'll still be that way even if they're in separate divisions or even separate conferences (think Notre Dame, for example.) The only way it would make a difference is if the powers that be don't protect rivalries from teams in different divisions (like Nebraska-Oklahoma back when the former was in the Big 12.) The Big Ten basically revolves around the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry (and I say this as an MSU fan,) so they're doing everything they can to feature that game. But I think that they know that Michigan-Michigan State, while falling a step below, is still in the class of rivalries that should never be messed with (along with a few others like Indiana-Purdue, Wisconsin-Minnesota, and Iowa-Minnesota.) I don't think Ohio State-Penn State falls in that class just yet, but it might over time.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:51 AM
 
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How do you think the Big Ten divisional set up will affect the relationship between U-M's rivalry with MSU and its rivalry with OSU?

In the new set up, U-M and MSU are in the same division (Legends) while Ohio State will be in the other (Leaders). So now when Michigan and Ohio State meet, still at season's end, they will be in different brackets of standings and run the risk of meeting again in the B10 championship game. To further change the dynamics, Ohio State's second biggest rival, Penn State, IS in the same division; thus both UM-MSU and OSU-PSU are intradivisional games which are the type that usually get an edge over interdivisional games like UM-OSU.

Do you folks in Michigan think this change in set up will affect the way the two rivalries match up for Michigan? Will the idea of a resurgent MSU within the division and OSU outside of it at a time when UM is finding it hard to stay up with Ohio State (with, of course, the whole Tressel issue still to be played out) make MSU more on par with OSU as a UM rival? Or do you think the UM-OSU will still remain supreme?
OSU's Tatoo-CheatGate will have more of an impact on the OSU-M rivalry than will the new divisions. Even so, OSU-Michigan will always-- always-- be a much bigger rivalry than Michigan-MSU, at least in football.

I could see Nebraska-Michigan quickly turning into an intense rivalry as well (though not on the level of OSU).

IMHO. Michigan's top footbal rivals are: OSU, then ND, then MSU, followed very closely by PSU.
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