The lead says it all…
The release of the 2015 and 2016 Big Ten football schedules is the latest reminder why it’s absurd to divide the conference by any means other than geography.
… but do read the whole piece from Pat Harty of HawkCentral.com
From the conference’s pre-bowl release (Dec. 2011):
Into Opponent’s Territory: For the seventh consecutive season, at least two of the Big Ten bowl matchups will be virtual road games, with conference teams facing schools from the state in which the bowl will be played. This season, five of the Big Ten’s bowl contingent will face an opponent who will be playing in their home state this postseason. Purdue will take on Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Detroit, Mich.), Northwestern takes on Texas A&M in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Houston, Texas), Illinois faces UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (San Francisco, Calif.), Penn State challenges Houston in the TicketCity Bowl (Dallas, Texas) and Ohio State will take on Florida in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, Fla.). Including these virtual road bowl contests, the Big Ten leads all conferences with 21 “road” bowl games over the last seven seasons. Over that span, the Big East is next with just nine “road” bowl games, followed by the ACC (7), Big 12 (7), SEC (4) and Pac-12 (2).