When USC and UCLA join the Big Ten in 2024, the league will change a lot. With the growth comes a new way to decide who wins the national title, which is likely to get rid of the old division system.
Greg McElroy, an expert for ESPN, says that Penn State may be the team that gains the most from the changes to the Big Ten.
McElroy said on a recent episode of Always College Football, “We’ve been talking about this for a while, and Penn State is probably going to be one of the biggest winners of the new Big Ten.” “And when Penn State gets rid of the divisions, their schedule will be easier to handle right away.”
Of course, the idea that Penn State would gain from not being in the same league as Ohio State and Michigan is not a new one. And, in theory, not having to be stopped in the polls by both Ohio State and Michigan to play in the Big Ten championship game as a division winner does seem like an easier way to get a shot at the Big Ten title.
The Big Ten still has to confirm what the new plan for the conference will be going forward, but hopefully that will happen soon.
“And to go one step further, Ohio State has been one of the things that has stopped Penn State from getting to the national championship or the Big Ten championship,”
McElroy said. “And Penn State’s program is not where Ohio State’s program is right now. That doesn’t mean they can’t get there or won’t get there in the end, but they’re not there right now.”
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