Big Ten relegation: Who stays and who goes?
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
I'd never describe myself as a die-hard soccer fan, but I always liked waking up early on Saturday mornings and watching the English Premier League on SportsChannel. Though I didn't track the standings religiously, I loved the concept of relegation, which would drop kick the worst three teams into the second division (English League Championship). If memory serves me, Ipswich Town was always on the bubble.
It's too bad we don't apply the same principle to major sports in the U.S. Then we could finally get rid of the Lions, Pirates and Clippers.
Anyway, we're doing a little mock relegation in college football and reducing the pool of FBS teams from 120 to only 40. Colleague Pat Forde outlines the process and bids an early adieu to Indiana and several other teams.
Forde, Ivan Maisel and Mark Schlabach will conduct a live draft Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET, where they make their 40 selections.
We'll be drafting the most successful programs in the nation, based on whatever criteria each of us chooses to bring to the situation room. There is no set formula for this. Wins and losses matter most -- and what you've done in the 21st century is more important than what happened in the 1930s -- but fan following and overall prestige count, too.
Don't let Pat, Ivan and Mark have all the fun. Go ahead and pick the 40 teams you think should remain in college football's elite division. Check back Tuesday to see who made the cut.
The Big Ten's big three -- Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State -- should be safe, and I'd think Wisconsin and/or Iowa will make the cut. After that, it's anyone's guess.