Big Ten expansion next year is going to cause some upheavals in the conference; not the least of which is that certain "rivalry" games might not happen every year.â†µâ†µ
It appears, though, at the very least, that Illinois and Northwestern will continue to have their annual rivalry game:â†µâ†µ
Look for Northwestern to have a protected rivalry with Illinois when the Big Ten announces its divisions in September.â†µâ†µâ†µ
Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips also would love to have annual games with Wisconsin and Iowa, but that might not happen.â†µ
â†µ"Everybody has to make some concessions," Phillips told the Tribune. "Everybody has to give a little something."
This year's game is special -- since it's at Wrigley Field -- and Phillips wants to create a special atmosphere:â†µâ†µ
"We thought an 11 o'clock game in a new venue could be problematic for our fans," he said. "Now people don't have to rush down there. We want to create a bowl atmosphere and allow people to take it all in."â†µ
â†µThe modest tradeoff: Fewer TV viewers will have access because it will be shown on ESPNU, rather than ESPN or ESPN2.